Had to stop using Latisse, now using Rapidlash
After using Latisse for over two years, I had to stop using it. Although I loved how thick, full, and ridiculously long my lashes were (complete strangers would comment on it when i was out in public, saying that I had the longest lashes they had ever seen), I started having side effects. My eyes were so red and bloodshot that people would come up to me and ask me if I was high, or comment on my bloodshot eyes. it got REALLY annoying, and finally I had to concede defeat. I stopped using Latisse.
I use Rapidlash now. It is much cheaper, one tube lasts me 6 months, and I don't have the itchiness or dry eyes that i got from Latisse. My lashes are still impressive, although nowhere near the insane length that I got with Latisse.
Developed meibomian gland dysfunction after 2 years of Latisse use
For several years of using Latisse, I started having difficulty with very dry eyes, so I stopped using it and I switched to an over-the-counter product called RapidLash. The active ingredient that was used at the time in RapidLash, isopropyl cloprostenate, is similar to bimatoprost, the active ingredient in Latisse. The FDA raided RapidLash and they were forced to change their formula. Once they changed the formula, I stopped using RapidLash.
Now I have meibomian gland dysfunction, which I'm pretty sure was from Latisse, because I experienced extreme dry eye while using it. The eye produces a tear film from our tear ducts, and we also have tiny oil glands along our eyelids, called meibomian glands, that are supposed to secrete a thin, clear oil that floats on top of the tears and helps prevent the tears from evaporating. My meibomian glands don't produce any oil. In 2013 and 2014, I was examined by 2 ophthalmologists and each of them were surprised at the level of MGD/meibomian gland dysfunction that I had at the age of 34. They both described the consistency of the oil -- which should be a thin, clear, free-flowing oil -- as toothpaste-like (gross!). It isn't doing its job whatsoever. I had to get silicone punctal plugs installed in my tear ducts in an effort to keep more tears in my eye. It helped, but I have to wear glasses to slow the evaporation of the tear film, plus a ridiculous home care regimen.
For the home care, I have to take fish oil and flax oil, do daily lid scrubs, and use warm compresses to try to melt the oil in my meibomian glands and get it flowing again. I can't wear eye makeup. Although I loved having the thick, long, luxurious lashes that I got from Latisse, if I had known that I was going to have MGD/meibomian gland dysfunction, I never would have bothered trying it!