Question: I am a 22-year-old blue-eyed female. I have always wished I had longer and fuller lashes, so I have recently been considering Latisse. I have heard some scary things about the product staining eye pigment though. Are blue-eyed people at more risk of developing pigment staining by Latisse?
Answer: Actually, blue-eyed people have no risk whatsoever of iris staining from Latisse due to the fact that they have no pigment in their iris, and that is why their eye color is blue. Latisse cannot create pigment in blue-eyed patients, so there is nothing for you to worry about. The product in Latisse has historically been used as an eyedrop, and there were a very small percentage of patients with green or hazel-colored eyes who would get pigmentation of their iris.
Brown-eyed patients already have pigmentation in their iris, and blue-eyed patients cannot pigment their iris, so these patients really did not have an issue. Furthermore, Latisse is placed in very small quantities on the lash, and an equivalent of 1/10 of 1% of the medication actually gets on the eyeball compared to the use of the aforementioned eyedrop. Thus far, there has never been a case where Latisse has caused pigmentation of the iris but, due to the fact that the same product in eyedrop form has, the FDA required that they place this on their insert as a potential risk. However, you as a blue-eyed patient really have no risk regarding this and I would, therefore, highly recommend Latisse if you desire longer and fuller lashes.