How does Latisse work? Is it compatible with other eye problems? Fake Latisse?

Can a person use latisse if they have had cataract surgery? I have no other eye issues.

Latisse was originally discovered to be useful for growing eyelashes when the eye doctors, who were using the drops to treat an eye condition, noticed that their patients were developing very long eyelashes. That eye condition was glaucoma (increased pressure inside the eye) and the rest is history.  This medication is still used to treat glaucoma, and there is now this form Latisse, which goes right on the eyelash line in a very tiny amount.

Spotting fake or counterfeit Latisse

Latisse out there on the web, a fake?! Absolutely. Many, many prescription drugs and expensive skincare products are now being counterfeited (is that a verb? 🙂 ), just like those Louis Vuitton handbags. If you are buying off the web at a price to good to be true, it’s probably a fake. Any doctor can prescribe this for you, including your primary care.

Applying It

Another hint..……don’t use the brushes that come with the product. They waste the product. A bottle should last you months. Get a tiny, tiny brush to apply and clean it at least once a week with a little mild dish soap or baby shampoo. You need very little for results.

Eye brows –  yes absolutely try it and use for at least 6 months before you decide if it’s helping.

Latisse is meant to be used right on the eyelid, but the occasional tiny amount IN the eye won’t hurt the eye at all. As with most things medical, I think you should just make a quick call to your doctor’s office to make sure there is nothing in YOUR individual situation that would change that.

Latisse Side Effects

Also, the package insert notes that this medication can rarely darken eye color. This side effect is NOT relevant if you are putting this medication on the eyelid and not into the eye. This side effect is related to putting eye drops (bimatoprost) INTO the eye. I do not know of any reported cases related to Latisse use.

Also, the occasional patient may be irritated or allergic to Latisse, just like any other eye cream or drops, so if your eyes or eyelid skin get irritated , stop the product and call your doctor.

Hope this helps,  Dr. I

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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