Having your eyebrows and eyelashes treated in a salon may seem like an easy way to enhance your look. But experts have long warned that dyes and other treatments are not safe. With salons now offering a variety of procedures – microblading, eyebrow lamination, eyelash perms and more – it’s more important than ever to understand the risks.

Eyebrow and eyelash enhancements pose health dangers because they are so close to the eye. These treatments could cause problems with the eyes and affect vision.

For instance, you might develop sensitivities with repeated exposure. It is possible to have a reaction even if you have tolerated a treatment without issue in the past.

The Food and Drug Administration has not approved any color additives for permanent dyeing or tinting of eyelashes and eyebrows. The agency says permanent eyelash and eyebrow tints and dyes have been known to cause serious eye injuries, including blindness. Despite issuing warnings, the FDA cannot regulate salons.

That job falls to state and local governments, which can have different rules.

Learn more from the American Academy of Ophthalmology