Monday, December 8, 2008

Glaucoma Drug for Eyelash Growth

We women love our eyelashes. Even women who don't wear much makeup would not be caught dead without their mascara...a product they have used since puberty. So imagine my excitement to read that the Irvine based company, Allergen Inc. has discovered that their glaucoma drug causes eyelashes to grow lush and long.

The glaucoma drug, Lumigan, has been declared a safe and effective way to make eyelashes longer and fuller. When Lumigan was applied once a day, they noted a significantly increased fullness, thickness and darkness of lashes. A panel of outside experts voted that the benefits of the drug outweighed the risks and advised Allergen to do follow up studies.

Lumigan (bimatoprost opthalmic solution) 0.03% is for the treatment of high eye pressure, also called intraocular pressure, in people with open-angle glaucoma. What is funny is that the Important Safety Information of the drug says:

"Lumigan has been reported to cause darkening of eyelashes, as well as increased growth of eyelashes." There is also a warning that it can cause darkening of eye color and eyelid skin. "The effects of increased darkening beyond 5 years are not known."

I hope they get the eye color thing worked out...I would like longer, luxurious lashes and I'm tired of mascara.

Shares of Allergen rose $2.12 to $38.54.


Michael Edson, MS, L.Ac. said...

Diet and specific nutrient supplementation can both help prevent the onset of glaucoma as well as help preserve vision for those with glaucoma.

There are number of peer review studies that show the importance of supplementing with a specific nutrients can help protect the optic nerve from damage including the following: alpha lipoid acid, bilberry, pine bark, gingko biloba, taurine, magnesium, vitamin B12,

Other studies have shown that a healthy diet which included, for example, at least 1 serving of green leafy vegetables such as kale and collard greens, decreased the risk of getting glaucoma for women by 69 percent (Coleman AL, Stone KL, Kodjebacheva G, Yu F, Pedula KL, Ensrud KE, Cauley JA, Hochberg MC, Topouzis F, Badala F, Mangione C ; Study of Osteoporotic Fractures Research Group)

For more information and specific research studies by eye condition on nutrition and vision, go to (see “Research” section).

Ruzanna said...

women are ready to do everything to look nice, and eyelashes are truly playing a big role in beauty. but still i would never take a glaucoma drug to look better, it's a little bit scaring.

Anonymous said...

This product, when used for eyelash growth would only be applied to the upper lash line, not into the eye itself.
Studies into it's efficacy would be beneficial to those who not only have sparse or "seethrough" eyelashes, but also for those who have lost their eyelashes due to chemotherapy treatments. All women can try to maintain the stance that they are not vain, but when you have lost your own personal sense to beauty to disease, I would volunteer to try it, in order to give another woman her dignity.

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Ashley said...

Why some people choose to use glaucoma drug for eyelash growth. I think they will need to know more about eyelash products that especially made for eyelash growth.

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