A mother-of-two has revealed that she went almost blind after not taking off her mascara for 25 years. Thus, hard black lumps have formed under her eyelids
Teresa Lynch, 50, from Sydney, sought medical attention after she started suffering from eyelid irritation. Eye drops and lubricating gels did not help her get relief.
The woman was shocked when doctors discovered that she had severe calcifications under her eyelids.
The lumps posed a serious risk to her vision and required a 90-minute operation to remove them.
Teresa and Dr. Dana Robay have now released the horrific photos of her eyelids online to show the dangers of leaving mascara on overnight.
Describing the effect of the mascara build-up, Teresa says she began to have a strange sensation as if something was under her eyelids.
"The lumps were so deeply embedded that the particles piled on top of each other," she explains.
- It was so awkward. My eyelids were puffy and heavy because I left my makeup on for so long.
"When Dr. Robay pulled my eyelid back, she said, 'Oh my god… I've never seen anything like this in my entire career,'" the woman recalled.
Teresa said she was shocked by Dr Robay's discovery and worried there was "permanent damage" to her eyelid.
I had a bad habit of wearing a lot of makeup and not washing it off. I should never have let it get to that, she regrets.
It is very important to remove your makeup properly every night. You can't miss a single day.
"Every time Teresa blinked, these lumps would rub against the surface of her eye and threaten her vision, the doctor explained.
"If the scratch appeared on the surface of the eye and it became infected, there was a danger that it would be fatal," says the specialist.
How to properly remove eye makeup
The secret to proper eye makeup removal is double cleansing.
Step 1: Remove the first layer of makeup
First, soak a cotton ball in makeup remover. Wipe your eyelids with the cotton and also press the eyelashes between the two cotton pads until the mascara comes out.
After removing the first layer of makeup, it's time to clean the rest.
Step 2: Remove residue with a second cleanse
Apply cleanser to your face and wash with water. Using a damp cloth, press on the skin to remove the rest of the makeup. Then rinse your entire face with water.