Good Vision for Good Lashing
As a Lash Artist, good vision is pertinent to proper lash isolation and without good vision, a Lash Artist is unable to perform his/her job adequately.
When I first started lashing, I was pretty proud of my 20/15 vision. I was able to see every lash with no problem. As the years went by, I graduated to custom made rims from my Opthamologist, (these were $$$) to this past year, a higher magnification reader, since I have now developed nearsightedness from staring endlessly day in and day out at eyelashes. I also encourage all my students to receive a vision test before attempting lashing to test for depth perception and to correct any other vision issues.
If you are struggling to see all those baby lashes, unable to isolate properly, experiencing blurred vision or headaches, this blog is for you. I touch on the important factors for reducing eye strain and keeping your vision on point.
Q: Why is it important for lash professionals to protect their vision?
As Lash Artists, it is very important to protect your vision while lashing. Focusing on very fine detail over time can quickly put a strain on your vision and cause eye fatigue, blurred vision, depth perception disorders, headaches and many more causes for concern. Eye strain is a real problem associated with staring at an object for an extended period of time such as in lashing.
If after a long day, or while you are lashing, your eyes start to get blurry or fatigued, you can't see those baby lashes as well anymore, all the lashes start to blend together and if you are suffering from headaches, this is most likely a sign you have some eye strain going on and should consult with your Opthamologist.
Q: What negative effects can lash artistry have on the eyes over time?
You might start out as a Lash Artist with perfect vision; no need for magnification or glasses. Then, you may find your ‘perfect’ vision less than perfect as you squint your way along the lash line, struggling to see those layers and those tiny baby lashes. Over an extended period of time, the strain of applying tiny extensions to tiny lashes can put a strain on your eyes leading to eye fatigue, blurred vision, burning and/or dry eyes, depth perception disorders, headaches, vision loss, and nearsightedness.
Q: How quickly can these effects occur?
How soon these effects take place is unique to each Lash Artist. However, most Lash Artists start to notice a small change in vision after the first couple of years lashing. This can increase drastically if the Lash Artist doesn’t take precautions to protect his/her vision such as with eye exercises, using correct magnification and maintaining regular vision check ups with their Opthamologist.
Q: What is the biggest cause of eye strain for lash professionals?
There are many multiple factors which play a large role in the strain of the eyes. Focusing on all those tiny details such as individual lashes, neighboring lashes, new baby lashes, all those beautiful layers, and carefully placing fans without looking up from your focus can put a lot of strain on the eyes. Improper lighting and shadows can create strain on the eyes causing your eyed to focus more while struggling to see the natural lashes basically in the dark. Not using the correct magnification/glasses will also put a strain on your eyes.
Q: What about magnifying lenses? Are there certain types that are better for the eye?
This is a personal preference and/or what may be recommended by your Opthamologist. Most Lash Artists can use Reader glasses which they can easily pick up from their local vision center, magnifications of +225-+300 seem to work best. Others may prefer using head lamps with magnification or loops. Again, personal preference. I prefer a lightweight frame Reader glasses, they are not heavy on my nose and when I am lashing 10 -12 hrs a day, and I don’t like undue stress on the bridge of my nose.
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Q: What are some physical ways that lash professionals can protect their eyes?
It is important that all lash artist get regular eye exams and before they start lashing. If you have vision issues or depth perception issues, you should get that corrected to make lashing easier.
Making sure to use the proper glasses, not using too high a magnification, and only using what you need at the time to enhance your vision can help correct vision issues. However, Using too high a magnification can put strain on your eyes and create more vision issues. Please, make sure to check with your Opthamologist on proper fitting of eye glasses.
Diet can play a factor in vision health. Lacking certain vitamins and minerals such as vit c & e, omegas, carotenoids which are found in green, leafy vegetables, and zinc can lead to macular degeneration, and other vision issues. So eat your greens and salmon!
Q: what eye exercises/movements lash professionals can you do to relieve your eyes of strain?
Eye exercises are highly recommended to reduce eye fatigue. Just like exercising and moving your body, if you don’t use it, you lose it it is pertinent for the health of your vision to ‘exercise’ your eyes. The 20-20-20 rule should always apply, I learned this from my Opthamologist years ago, every 20 min, look 20 feet away and focus on something for 20 seconds.
My favorite eye exercises are the following…Pick 1 or do all 5
- Look up at the ceiling, look to the right, to the left, look downward. Do this while Sitting straight and Focusing on a distant object for 20 seconds each motion. Do this every 20 min
- Look straight ahead while lashing and focus on an object in the distance such as a clock, focus on that for 20 seconds. Do this every 20 min.
- Close your eyes and let them rest every 20 min for 20 seconds . This will help with dry eyes and blurry vision.
- Hold your tweezers a few inches from your eyes, focus on your tweezers, slowly move your tweezers away from your face focusing on the tweezers, look away for a moment into the distance, focus on your outstretched tweezers and slowly bring it back towards your eyes.
- Look away and focus on something in the distance. Repeat 5 times
Q: Is ergonomically designed seating important for lash professionals?
Seating ergonomically is so important in comfort of the body and the eyes. I prefer a hydraulic chair which I can raise up and down and adjust as needed to gain better vision of the lash line without putting a strain on my back, neck or shoulders.