Latisse, or bimatoprost ophthalmic solution, 0.03%, is a recently released product approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration to lengthen, thicken, and darken lashes. Originally used for the treatment of glaucoma, its effects on eyelashes were soon evident and it wasn’t long until Latisse was marketed for cosmetic uses. Applied nightly to the skin surrounding the upper eyelid eyelashes, dramatic results are visible in as little as eight weeks, with full effects seen in sixteen weeks. The most common side effects include irritation of the eye or skin surrounding the eyelashes, darkening of the skin surrounding the lashes, and darkening of the colored part (i.e. iris) of the eye. Darkening of the iris can be permanent and was noted in patients being treated for glaucoma when the solution was instilled directly into the eye; darkening of the iris was not noted in clinical trials for Latisse. The other listed side effects are temporary and occur in less than 4% of patients.
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