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    If You Wear Eyeliner In Your Waterline, This Eye Doctor Is Urging You To Stop By Sharing What Can Happen After Several Years

    Spoiler: It can cause irreversible gland damage.

    A viral TikTok video about the dangers of wearing eyeliner in your waterline recently stopped me in my tracks:

    The video — which has nearly 13 million views — shows a patient who has worn eyeliner in their waterline since they were a teenager. The patient's oil glands are now blocked...and you can see the oil being released with an instrument.

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    According to the doctor in the video, the oil in our eyelids is supposed to be the consistency of olive oil, but as you can see in the video above, this patient has oil that is the consistency of toothpaste.

    BuzzFeed spoke to the eye doctor behind the TikTok: Dr. Brittani Carver-Schemper. She has been an optometrist for 20 years and is currently the co-owner of Better Vision Optometric Center in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

    An image of the doctor posing in her office surrounded by glasses
    Britttani Carver-Schemper

    Dr. Carver-Schemper explained that our eyelids have special oil glands called Meibomian Glands. "They produce and secrete our tears' oil layer that protects the tear film and keeps our tears healthy. Without good quality oil and healthy tears, we will develop Dry Eye Disease that could affect our vision and cause discomfort to our eyes."

    Unfortunately, wearing eyeliner in your waterline is one of the ways that your glands can become clogged or obstructed. Dr. Carver-Schemper said the only way to avoid this is to not apply liquid or pencil eyeliner to your waterline!

    And what about wearing eyeliner in your waterline only on occasion? Dr. Carver-Schemper does not recommend doing it at all — and no type of eyeliner is "safe" to put in your waterline either. "It doesn't matter what kind of eyeliner it is, all of them can obstruct the oils glands and cause irreversible gland damage," she said.

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    The symptoms of damaged or clogged oil glands can include dry, burning, itchy, or gritty eyes, and blurry vision. But for a proper diagnosis, your optometrist will perform many tests. "There are specialized cameras that can take pictures of oil glands in the lid. Your eye doctor will review the images and will assess the health of the glands. Your eye doctor may also press along the lid margin to check for obstruction and evaluate function and oil consistency," explained Dr. Carver-Schemper.

    In conclusion, what did we learn today?! Don't wear eyeliner in your waterline if you want your eyes to be healthy!!!

    CW

    Special thanks to Dr. Carver-Schemper! Be sure to follow her on TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube for more eye-related health content!

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