Glaucoma Medication Used For Eyelash Enhancement

by: Rey Mendoza

Bimatoprost has been used in the medical field to help control the progression of glaucoma and manage ocular hypertension as well as reduce intraocular pressure. But one of the known side effects is its ability to lengthen eyelash hair. In December of 2008, this medication was approved by the FDA to be a safe to use product for eyelash lengthening. This product is named Latisse. As unusual as it may seem, this is not the first time an unusual side effect is put to good use.

Although it may seem strange that a product be used specifically for its side effect properties, it is not the first time this has happened. Minoxidil is another example of a drug side effect being put to use. It was originally designed to be used as a blood pressure medication but as a result of its use, the side effect documented was re-growth of hair. This drug is the active ingredient in Rogaine hair topical and is also an FDA approved product for the treatment and prevention of hair loss.

There are great alternatives available for all people who have short or thinning eyelashes. Eyelash hair restoration is also a viable solution. The best candidates for eyelash hair transplant are patients whom do not have any or part of their eyelashes. The restoration process is generally done through surgery using scalp hair that is implanted in the eyelash area. Latisse is highly recommended by many hair transplant physicians for all other patients that still have eyelashes but want to enhance them.

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