If Latisse Gets in Your Eyes Can It Cause Damage?

If you are wearing Latisse on your eyelashes and it gets in your eyes, like by rubbing your eyes or something, would it do any harm to your eyes or your vision?  I know it just got approved, but does anybody know? Thx.

Doctor Answers 30

Latisse is not harmful for your eyes

Latisse is meant to be applied on the top eyelid at the base of your lashes. However, if it gets inside your eyes does not cause any damage or infection to the eyes. Latisse is safe even for people with contact lenses or sensitive eyes. Some of the Latisse side effects include redness, itching and darkening of the eyelid which is reversible once you stop using the product. There are medical conditions that can be worsened by the Latisse product, so please consult your doctor

Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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A little Latisse in the eye will not be harmful

A small amount of Latisse (bimatoprost 0.3% ophthalmic solution) in the eye will not cause problems. Larger doses over time may cause darkening of the iris (the colored portion of your eye) and a decrease in your eye pressure. This will not happen if you are using Latisse as directed.

When in doubt, it is a good idea to consult with an oculoplastic surgeon. Oculoplastic (or sometimes called ophthalmic plastic) surgeons are board certified in ophthalmology and also have advanced training in eyelid plastic surgery.

Jonathan Hoenig, MD
Beverly Hills Oculoplastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 40 reviews


Latisse is a new FDA approved medication for the indication of making eyelashes longer, thicker and darker.
Latisse contains the same active ingredient as another Allergan product, Lumigan, eyedrops that are designed to be dropped directly into the eyes.
The most common side effects after using LATISSE are an itching sensation in the eyes and/or eye redness. Latisse is designed to be used on the upper lashes only. if excess solution spreads beyond the lash line, hair growth may occur in areas where new hair growth is not desired.

Michael Law, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 118 reviews

Getting Latisse In Your Eyes

Corneal exposure was one of the things looked at in the FDA study and it was found that it may cause some irritation.

The product safety sheet includes the following information:

Do not use LATISSE™ solution if you are allergic to one of its ingredients.

Steven H. Williams, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 49 reviews

What if Latisse Gets In Your Eye

Latisse is nothing more than Bimatoprost, a medication that has been used to treat glaucoma for many years. Ophthalmologists, especially glaucoma specialists like myself, noticed that our glaucoma patients had really nice, long lashes while using a prostaglandin (the class of medication Latisse/Lumigan belongs to..others in the U.S. include xalatan and travatan). Sales reps would hear comments about this "appreciated" side effect and the company's executives decided to seek FDA-approval of this medication with a new indication...hypotrichiasis. Bimatoprost was FDA-approved for cosmetic purposes with a new name...Latisse. If it gets in the eyes, it could cause the eye to get red, itch, or feel dry. The chances of iris pigmentation changes increase if a lot of it gets in your eye. If you have any history of iritis/uveitis or HSV (herpes simplex virus) of the eye, bimatoprost could cause inflammation in the eye or awaken the HSV virus. For these reasons, I typically recommend a patient see an ophthalmologist if they develop any worrisome ocular symptoms when using Latisse.

Relief Jones, III, MD
San Antonio Ophthalmologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 review

If used properly, Latisse is extremely safe

Hi there-

Latisse should not cause harm to your eyes or your vision if you were to get the solution in your eye.

It is unlikely, if applied properly, that Latisse will get in your eye since you only have to apply a small amount to the lash line for the product to be effective. It is normal to have some mild itching and redness during the first few days after you start using Latisse.

There are also less common side effects that include darkening or redness of the eyelid and increased brown pigmentation of the colored part of the eye, which is only a risk for those with green or hazel eyes, and has actually never happened with Latisse, but with its glaucoma equivalent.

Armando Soto, MD, FACS
Orlando Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 157 reviews

If Latisse gets in your eyes

According to Allergan's website, LATISSE™ solution is an ophthalmic drug product. If any gets into the eye, it is not expected to cause harm. The eye should not be rinsed. However, LATISSE™ solution is intended for use on the skin of the upper eyelid margins at the base of the eyelashes. Do not apply it to the lower eyelid. If you have a history of abnormal Intra-ocular pressure, you should only use LATISSE™ under the close supervision of your physician.

Daniel Reichner, MD
Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 45 reviews

Latisse: Can it harm your eyes?

Latisse was repurposed for the eyelashes, but was originally developed as a glaucoma drop and is formulated specifically for topical eye use.  Patients who used the glaucoma drop were noted to develop long, thick eyelashes.  They also were prone to darkening of the iris and sometimes darkening of the skin around the eye.  Getting Latisse in the eye can lead to a temporary drop in eye pressure and if repeated many times, could eventually lead to the other side effects I've just mentioned.  When used as directed, these complications are uncommon.

Matheson A. Harris, MD
Salt Lake City Oculoplastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

Latisse damage to eyes

it will cause a drop in your eye pressure, as it's a rebranded glaucoma drop (Lumigan), but this is not harmful, as too low eye pressure is a good thing, and protective against glaucoma (like too low blood pressure means you won't ever get hypertension)

Emil William Chynn, MD, FACS, MBA
New York Ophthalmologist
4.6 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

Latisse is safe for your eyes

Over 2 million prescriptions for Latisse have been filled and there have been no problems from Latisse getting into the eye. The eye is exposed to a very small amount of Latisse even when it is properly applied as directed to the upper eyelid margin using the supplied applicator. This has been demonstrated by applying a colored dye to the eyelid margin and watching its migration. Side effects from the initial studies showed less than 4 percent of people experienced redness, irritation and itching of the upper eyelid, which was reversed upon discontinuation. Obviously be careful when you apply Latisse, but do not worry.

For more information about Latisse, please follow the link below:

Mitchell Schwartz, MD
South Burlington Dermatologic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

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