A legal assistant was left temporarily blind after unreliable eyelash extensions scratched her eyeballs – and she’s now too terrified to ever touch false eyelashes again.
Zowie Kinnea, 31, of Bournemouth, Dorset, was left with eyeballs scratched to bits when an dodgy esthetician took three hours to apply eyelash extensions to her waterline, the skin line between the eyelashes and the eye.
The legal assistant had to be rushed to the emergency room by her boyfriend after her eyes began to swell shut from the stabbing pain, and found that the eyelashes had scratched her cornea.
Although she has since recovered her eyesight, Zowie is now very sensitive to light and has to wear sunglasses indoors.
Feeling “less of a woman” after the ordeal, Zowie is too scared to wear lashes again and wants to share her story so younger girls don’t make the same mistake.
Zowie Kinnea, 31, of Bournemouth, Dorset, pictured, was left with eyeballs ‘scratched to pieces’ when an dodgy esthetician took three hours to apply eyelash extensions to her waterline during a painful appointment
The legal assistant’s eye swelled shut, pictured, because the false eyelashes had been applied incorrectly, causing her excruciating pain
Zowie – who can see again, but has to wear sunglasses because of sensitivity – said: ‘I feel less of a woman.
“I used to wear a lot of eyelashes, but I don’t wear them anymore. I’m just too scared.’
Zowie found the eyelash beautician on Facebook, and to add insult to injury, she was overcharged for the treatment when the technician refused to hand her £20 change.
But worse was to come when Zowie started having trouble with her vision.
The appointment lasted three hours and was painful, which was a telltale sign that something was going wrong, Zowie admitted afterwards.
It wasn’t the first time the legal assistant pictured had had false eyelashes put on, but the bad experience has left her scared to try them again
Her eyes swelled shut after the treatment as she fought to protect herself from the onslaught of crabs.
She said, “It felt like someone was poking my eyeballs.
“I looked in the mirror and could barely open my eyes.
“When I opened my eyes, I can only describe it as if someone put gel in my eye. It was an agony.
Zowie revealed her boyfriend, left and rushed her to the emergency room the morning after her appointment, leaving her in excruciating pain. The legal assistant wants to warn other women about the dangers of choosing an untrustworthy beautician
Doctors struggled to open Zowie’s eyes as they became swollen from the pain, pictured
“I’m normally pretty good with pain, but I was in tears because it was so painful.”
Her boyfriend rushed her to the emergency room near their home the morning after the treatment.
Doctors had a hard time opening Zowie’s eyes because they were so swollen.
A&E doctors used specialized equipment to open Zowie’s eyes and apply yellow dye to see how badly she was scratched.
She said, “I had bright yellow paint applied and they said my eyes were scratched to pieces.
“When I got out of the hospital, I got sick. I started coughing up all that yellow stuff they put in my eye.
The glamorous legal assistant said the unnamed beautician refused to refund or apologize after the ordeal
Zowie, previously pictured, said she feels less feminine after the ordeal, and will not try more false eyelashes
“I didn’t know what was going on – there was just yellow stuff coming out of my nose and mouth.
‘It was horrible. I thought I would go blind and die.’
Doctors advised Zowie that she should immediately go back to the beautician and have the unreliable eyelash extensions removed.
However, she said the esthetician — unbothered by the shocking hospital trip — claimed she was too busy to help.
To rub salt into the wound, she said the esthetician did not apologize or offer a refund.
The 31-year-old, pictured on a night out before the incident, now has to wear sunglasses indoors because her eyes are sensitive to light
Zowie, who was previously photographed with her boyfriend, said it’s paramount to choose an eyelash technician you can trust.
Zowie now wants to warn young girls about the dangers of eyelashes and choose a technician you can trust.
Her eyeballs are oversensitive to light as a result of the ordeal and she finds herself wearing sunglasses indoors.
For her, the warning signs were that the appointment lasted three hours, instead of the usual 45 minutes, and was in severe pain during the treatment.
Despite the technician’s assurances that her intense stinging was normal, Zowie now knows that placing eyelash extensions shouldn’t hurt so much.
The appointment lasted so long that her boyfriend panicked that she had been kidnapped and knocked on the door.
She has since bought strip lashes but can’t bring herself to put them on and doesn’t think she will ever wear false lashes again.