For those women who enjoy sleeping on make-up on their faces, we know just how much of a chore it can be to wipe everything off after a long day (or night). Granted, it does happen from time to time when you’re really exhausted and just K.O. upon reaching home.
However, commit this beauty crime ever so often and things aren’t going to look too good for your skin and health. If you ever go to sleep without washing off your makeup . . . well, after you hear THIS, you’ll never do that again.
Warning: This post contains graphic images!
There’s a 50-year-old woman named Theresa Lynch in Sydney, Australia who never washed off her mascara before she went to bed. And she did that for 25 years . . . before she started having some serious pain in her eyes.
She decided to visit the doctor after having a strange sensation in her eye. She described it as being as if something was stuck in her eye and she couldn’t get it out.
When the doctors examined her, they were shocked at what they saw. In fact, she even ended up as a case study in the American Academy of Ophthalmology. In that study, Lynch admitted that she wore heavy mascara for 25 years with “inadequate removal.”
The problem was on the inside of her eyelids. The buildup of mascara had calcified into lumps and that made her feel as if something was stuck in her eye. In reality, something was actually stuck in her eye!
Dr. Rebecca Taylor, a clinical spokesperson for the AAO and an ophthalmologist had the following to say:
“The concretions got embedded in the conjunctiva and it went deeper into the subconjunctival layer, but you could still see it, sort of like a tattoo. She basically had these rough things stuck on the underside of her upper eyelid so every time she closed her eyes it would scratch her eyeball, particularly the cornea.”
If that wasn’t enough, she was also dealing with a nasty case of follicular conjunctivitis. This is a type of bacterial infection that takes place on the follicles in the conjunctiva.
The mucous membrane that covers the eye is the conjunctiva and it protects the eye from infections. Because of the issues associated with her problem, permanent scarring has occurred on the inside of her eyelids. It has also scarred the surface of the eye.
A 90-minute procedure was necessary to remove the larger lumps that had built up under her eyelids. They were embedded deeply into the area, building up on top of each other. Lynch claims that it was “so uncomfortable,” and we could imagine so.
The doctors were really surprised when they looked into Lynch’s eyes.
“My eyelids were swollen and heavy because I left it for so long. When Dr Robaei pulled my eyelid back, she said: ‘Oh my god.. In my whole career I have seen anything this.’ She could see the whites of my eyes were glassy and bloodshot. I had fallen into a bad habit of wearing a lot of makeup and not washing it off. I should never have let it get this far. It’s so important to properly take your makeup off every single night. You can’t miss a single day.”
It seems as if she has learned her lesson. She is going to change her makeup habits from this point forward.
Watch the video below for more details: