LED eyelashes

You may have seen them online: photos or videos of people with LED light strips attached to their eyelashes, the lights flashing in sync with the wearer’s movements. But while they are a hot new fashion trend among club-goers and costumers, some doctors are concerned they might cause long-term damage to the eyes.

Eyelash LEDs are thin strips of LED lights affixed to a person’s eyelashes. A thin wire connects them to a small battery pack the wearer carries.

Some concerns have been expressed that a constant exposure to the UV rays from the lights might increase the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration later in life. A cataract is when the lens of the eye becomes cloudy, leading to blurry or decreased vision. While this happens to most people as they age, UV light absorbed by the lens over time can contribute to the progression of cataract development.

Macular degeneration is when the light receptors in the center part of the retina break down, which can lead to central vision loss. It is the leading cause of blindness in the United States. It is also the most common cause of poor vision after age 60, but may be picked up earlier, around age 40 or 50.

There is also the concern that these LED strips could dry people’s eyes.

CEENTA Ophthalmologist Adrian Elfersy, MD

Manufacturers of these lights say the lights are not bright or powerful enough to cause any eye damage. Still, it’s not recommended you take the risk.

“While there is no evidence yet to indicate direct cause and effect damage from wearing these devices, I can't imagine that affixing flashing LEDs to your eyelids could be good for your eyes in any way, so I would avoid doing it,” CEENTA Ophthalmologist Adrian Elfersy, MD, said.

This blog is for informational purposes only. For specific medical questions, please consult your physician. To make an appointment to have your eyes examined for cataracts, macular degeneration, dry eye, or any other condition, call 704-295-3000.


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October 30, 2020

What about cats? I have a 13 yr old cat, and I had to put down another cat after it went blind.
- Winston B Ellerbeck

November 02, 2020

Good morning. LED lights should not affect a cat's eyes, but we recommend directing all questions regarding your pets' health to their veterinarian. Thank you.
Reply From: CEENTA

September 06, 2020

What is the ideal distance from the eyes to the rgb LED strips, because my room is small and I already stuck the strips to my wall
- Rex

September 08, 2020

Good morning. As long as they are a foot or so from your eyes, you should be fine.
Reply From: CEENTA

April 10, 2020

I want to purchase rbg strip lights to go all around my room. Will they do damage to my eyes if i stay in my room with them on for a prolonged amount of time?
- Ari

April 10, 2020

Good morning. As long as they are not too close to your eyes, your eyes should be fine.
Reply From: CEENTA

April 09, 2020

is it 100% safe to hang rgb led strip lights in my room?
- jess

April 09, 2020

Good morning. Hanging LED lights in your room should not cause issues with your eyes.
Reply From: CEENTA

April 07, 2020

what about if I just have them hanging on my bed or my wall like with the rgb led light strips? is that bad for my eyes?
- yadeal

April 08, 2020

Good morning. Hanging them on your wall is fine. The concern is have them so close to your eyes.
Reply From: CEENTA

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