It’s rare for the same medication to be used for both medicinal and cosmetic purposes. But bimatoprost (also sold under the brand
Careprost®) can do these. In addition to treating glaucoma, it can be used to grow and thicken eyelashes.
Is it safe to use Careprost for eyelashes growth? Can it cause lasting changes to your eyes? The answer to both questions, according to ophthalmologist Julian Perry, MD, is yes.
You must remember to follow the administration instructions as specified if you want to lower the risk of any side effects,” he says. “If you use it properly, you’re exposing the eye to only 5 percent of the drug as compared to the eye drop method used to treat glaucoma.”
How An Eyelash Grower Works?
bimatoprost is a prostaglandin. Before application, wash your hands and face, removing any makeup. The solution is used once nightly and is placed at the roots of the upper eyelashes with a single-use applicator. It works by creating more hair follicles during the hair-growing cycle. It may spread to the lower lashes as you blink but the primary effect will be on the upper eyelashes only. Don’t worry if any medication gets into your eye – it’s used to treat glaucoma and is unlikely to cause damage.
Results usually appear within two months. If you stop using eyelash grower, your eyelashes will gradually return to their original state.
Safe For Most Users
Careprost is deemed safe for adults. Because main ingredient is bimatoprost, if you have glaucoma and are already treating it with medication, consult your ophthalmologist before using careprost.
In particular, if you’re already using latanoprost or travoprost. Using these drugs in combination with Careprost can increase treatment side effects.
Side Effects Can Fade
While bimatoprost’s side effects are not permanent, when stop used in eyelash grower, they can fade. Patients can experience eyelid itching, dry eye, eyelid darkening and bloodshot eyes. Eye and eyelid swelling, as well as some allergic reactions, are possible, according to the FDA.
More significant reactions include increased eyelash growth in the corners of the eyes and excessive eyebrow growth if the medication touches them.
Report any eye pain, infection or vision changes to your ophthalmologist immediately.
Eyelash Grower and Contacts
If you wear contacts and want to use Careprost, you should know that the FDA warns that your contacts can absorb the product, which can discolor your contacts. Remove your contacts before you apply the solution, and wait 15 minutes before putting them back in.