Don’t Freak Out But A New Study Says Sleeping In Your Mascara Could Send You Blind

We’ve all done it. Come home after a long day, or a night on the tiles, and collapsed into bed with a full face of makeup, mascara included.

Thanks to constant warnings from dermatologists, skincare experts and beauty editors we *know* it’s a cardinal sin against skin to head to bed without taking makeup off, but what’s the worst that could happen? A few wrinkles? A breakout of spots?

That’s not the worst of it, however. Far from it in fact.

mascara Image via @emrata on Instagram
Image via @emrata on Instagram

New research suggests that wearing mascara to bed could have another very serious side effect: it could send you blind.

As reported in The Cut, a study published in the American Academy of Ophthalmology found that a 50-year-old Australian woman very nearly went blind after complications brought on by 25 years’ worth of improperly removed mascara.

The woman turned up at her GP’s office complaining of pain and irritation in both eyes.

When the doctors examined under her eyelids they found – wait for it – solid masses comprised of years old mascara.

We know. The thought of it is just too much for this hour of the morning.

The discomfort she was experiencing was due the concretions rubbing up against and *eroding* her conjunctival surface.

While experts were thankfully able to remove the multitude of small black masses, an infection could have permanently affected her vision.

For a visual, click here. It’s not pretty. You’ve been warned.