Let’s face it—not everyone is super great about removing their makeup before bed. When we get home, feed the kids, get them ready for bed, finish our own dinner, and finally get ourselves into bed—we’re exhausted. Half the time I’m too tired to even shower and throw on clean pajamas. So, how can someone truly expect me to wash all my makeup off before bed?
Apparently, I need to get my sh*t together.
According to a case study published by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a 50-year-old woman almost went blind because she hadn’t been properly removing her mascara for over 25-years. Theresa Lynch had gone to the doctor complaining of some painful symptoms, including discharge from her eyes, reporting discomfort, irritation, and a feeling of overwhelming heaviness behind her eyelids.
It turns out, Lynch had a truly terrifying problem—she was at risk of losing her eyesight completely due to concretions buried underneath her eyeballs. According to doctors, all of the years of not cleaning and taking off her mascara properly resulted in Lynch building up these black balls—concretions—underneath her eyelid.
With a 90-minute eye-surgery, doctors were able to remove most of the concretions from Lynch’s eyelids, but, doctors were still worried and shocked by what they had seen. According to the lead doctors on her case—they had never seen anything like it.
Dr. Robaei, one of the doctors who oversaw the operation said:
“Every time Theresa was blinking these bumps were rubbing on the surface of the eye and they pose a risk to her vision.”
And, while the surgery helped her eyes slightly, the doctors say that Lynch has suffered irreversible damage to her eyes and cornea.
“It was certainly disabling. She has suffered permanent scarring on her eyelid and the surface of her cornea. The symptoms are like somebody throwing a handful of sand in your eye, it’s constantly irritating.”
Additionally, doctors say that taking off eye makeup is a must.
“Not many women are treating the removal of their mascara seriously…you must be meticulous. This was an amazing case, I’d never seen anything like it. But this is a risk not many people are aware of.”
Ladies, if you’re ever feeling “too tired” to take your makeup off at night—just do it anyway. You never know what problems can arise if you don’t.