Lifewatch: Longer lashes

Reported by Claire Hosmann - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

(WECT) - There's a lot of buzz about a new eyelash product that is now FDA approved.

Latisse costs around $119 and promises longer, fuller eyelashes.  While it has a steep price, several women say it's well worth it.

"Lipstick actually accentuates the mouth, and I think eyelashes open up your eyes and make people focus on your eyes," said Chrissie Taveira.

Taveira's doctor wrote her a prescription for Latisse, the new FDA approved product that promises to grow lashes.

The lash loving drug is called Lumigan, originally produced to treat glaucoma, but patients have noticed a desirable side effect.  So, the company, Allergan, had the FDA approve the drug for simple vanity.

"We finally have a cosmetic drug that can give us the benefits that we wanted -- to have longer lashes, darker lashes, thicker lashes," said Dr. Fiona Wright.  "But we also have the safety to back it."

Doctors say most people see results in one to two months, if applied nightly.

Side effects include itchy and dry eyes, and you must be at least 18 and have a prescription to buy the drug.