One might wonder: what are eyelashes and what is their purpose? Well…eyelashes are the hairs that grow on the edge of the eyelid. They protect the eye from dirt and debris. Another essential function is that they sense when something is close to the eye as they are sensitive to being touched. This is very similar to the function that whiskers serve on a cat or a mouse. If an eyelash is pulled out, it takes seven to eight weeks for it to grow back. Constant pulling, though, may lead to permanent damage. Eyelashes tend to be darker on someone with darker hair and lighter on someone with lighter hair.
Surprisingly, there are a number of diseases and disorders associated with the eyelashes: madarosis is the loss of eyelashes; distichiasis is the abnormal growth of eyelashes from certain areas of the eyelid; and trichiasis refers to ingrown eyelashes; these are just a few but there are more. Samantha’s Guide is full of information on eyelashes. People can even get eyelash transplant surgeries to help reconstruct or thicken eyelashes.
In many cultures, long eyelashes are considered a sign of beauty. Many women buy cosmetics to thicken and lengthen the appearance of their eyelashes. Some women even seek to lengthen their eyelashes artificially by using eyelash extensions or use tools like eyelash curlers to get the desired look for their eyelashes. Eyelash transplants, medications, and conditioners are all methods that have been used to achieve longer and or fuller eyelashes.
While in recent years full and long eyelashes have become a symbol of beauty, it is important to note that they serve a scientific and essential function: protection for they eyes. Many people go about their day and do not give a second thought about their eyelashes; however, they are constantly working behind the scenes to keep our eyes safe!