Former carer, 25, said she was unable to see due to a severe allergic reaction to her eyelash extension
A single person claims that an allergic reaction to eyelash extensions made her look like she’d done ‘ten rounds with Mike Tyson’ – ruining her birthday and she feared she would permanently damage her eyes.
Jessica Shannon, 25, from Wetherby, West Yorkshire, said her Russian lashes looked ‘absolutely gorgeous’ when she had them done on Sept. 25 last month, but after waking up two days later from a night out, her eyes were’ completely swollen’ .
She remained terrified as her eyelids soon became completely glued together, painful, itchy and watery and before long she “couldn’t see anything.”
The former geriatric nurse rushed to the emergency room, where she was told she had a corneal abrasion and was “crying like a big baby” when she later had the lashes removed – although she said it was a huge relief.
Jessica said her eyes weren’t fully normal until a week later, and she hopes to raise awareness of the “serious” and “painful” reaction eyelash glue can cause.
Jessica Shannon, 25, from Wetherby, West Yorkshire, said an allergic reaction to her Russian eyelashes caused her to lose sight after her eyes swelled shut (pictured above)
Jessica said, “I had gone out for my birthday for a night and my left eye was a little bloodshot, but it didn’t hurt or itch.
“I came home and went to bed and the next morning I woke up and looked like I had done ten rounds with Mike Tyson.
“They really hurt and itched which made me get up out of bed to look in the mirror and my eyes were just extremely swollen. It was painful.
“From that point on, they flowed off the water and just itched. It ruined my birthday.
The former geriatric nurse revealed that the day after her birthday celebrations, her eyes began to swell and slowly get worse. She cried with relief when they were finally taken out, right?
Corneal damage: a small scratch that can cause a lot of pain
A corneal abrasion is a small scratch that occurs on the surface of the eye.
The cornea has many nerve endings and the smallest scratches can be extremely painful.
There are several causes, including something that bumps or stings the eye, such as fingernails, hair brushes, twigs, or mascara brushes.
It can also occur when someone wears their contact lenses for longer than recommended.
The condition is painful and often translates into red, watery eyes.
Treatment depends on how big the abrasion is and how deep it is.
Antibiotic ointments and eye drops are among the most common forms of treatment.
“Over the next few days, they stayed so sticky that they stuck shut, so I woke up in the morning and my eyes were all stuck together.”
The beauty lover said she had to wash them to get them open a bit, but despite doing so, “still couldn’t see anything.”
She first visited a pharmacist who supplied her with some eye drops and antihistamines.
Jessica said, “Over the next few days, they got really serious. I got to a point where I literally couldn’t see anything anymore.
“They were both on top of each other and my eyes had become very blurry. The only way I could explain it was like there was a movie hanging over my eyes. It was scary.
“They were both bad, but my left eye in particular was a lot worse. It was so swollen I couldn’t open it at all.
“What went through my mind the most was because I couldn’t see, I was afraid I had done some sort of damage to my actual eyesight.
“That was one of the main reasons and also the pain that led me to go to the ER to make sure I wouldn’t have any permanent damage to my actual eyes.
“They told me it was pretty nasty and I got an antibiotic eye ointment and some corneal scrapes from where I rubbed my eyes. I think I scratched my eyeballs.”
The 25-year-old said the lashes looked beautiful when she had them applied and in the photo, but then had a serious reaction to them.
Jessica was unable to see for several days and had to wear an eye patch as her cornea recovered from the reaction, pictured
The 25-year-old explained that the day after her birthday celebrations, her eyes appeared ‘bloodshot’ and her right eye began to swell, pictured
After a night of partying, Jessica noticed that her eyes were getting redder and she started to itch, in the photo
Jessica said she looked like she had just been beaten up by Myke Tyson when she woke up the day after her birthday with two very swollen and sore eyes, pictured
Jessica was given antibiotic eye ointment from the doctor and told her to keep using the medicine she got from the pharmacy.
Jessica said, “Before they really started to get really bad, I wanted to try and get past the pain to keep them on, because I like my lashes done and hope they settle down.
“I spent most of my time in bed. If I was going anywhere I would have my sunglasses on and an eye patch on my left eye, and if I was out somewhere they would have [people she was with] were linking my arm and making sure I didn’t bump into anything.
The 25-year-old rushed to the emergency room, where she was told she had corneal damage, pictured. She had no choice but to have her eyelashes removed
Jessica admitted removing the lashes was a painful experience because her tears had ‘clumped’ them together, pictured
‘It took her an hour and a half to get them off because my eyes were constantly watering, the lashes had become hard and they were clumped together.
“She had to go through every single lash to separate them to remove the glue to get them off.
“It was a relief when they were all off, but when she did it was really quite painful because my eyes were so watery that the glue went extremely hard on my lashes.
“I lay there crying like a big baby.”
Before the comment, left, the former caretaker was happy with her eyelashes. But they soon started to itch and hurt, didn’t they
The 25-year-old said she paid £45 for the synthetic lashes but had them removed for free.
She said she’d had them done once before, but because they didn’t fit right and got stuck halfway through her actual lashes. She had a slight reaction, but it was “absolutely nothing” compared to her recent ordeal.
Jessica said: ‘The tops of my lids are very dry and still itchy, but other than that my vision has returned and I can now open my eyes fully. So they are a lot better than they were.
“They looked absolutely gorgeous when I first had them done.
“I’d love to get my lashes done again, but I don’t know if that’s possible.
“I’ve heard of some people who have had a reaction to glue in the past and they can wear lashes a few months later without a problem, but with other people it takes quite a while and it just isn’t possible for them to wear extensions.”
depicted; Jessica for her nightmare experience with eyelash extensions. She now wants to make people aware of the dangers of developing allergic reactions
Pictured: Jessica, with her new lashes, on the eve of her birthday, before her reaction started
Nothing seemed special when Jessica had the extension applied for her birthday, pictured
Jessica woke up the day after her birthday party with bloodshot eyes and immediately saw that something was wrong