Ocular argyrosis after long-term self-application of eyelash tint

Mark J. Gallardo, J. Bradley Randleman, Kristina M. Price, Daniel A. Johnson, Sharon Acosta, Hans E. Grossniklaus, R. Doyle Stulting

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PURPOSE: To report cases of ocular argyrosis that developed after long-term self-application of commercially available eyelash tint. DESIGN: Observational case series. METHODS: Case review, clinicopathologic analysis, and literature review. RESULTS: Three patients developed ocular argyrosis after the long-term self-application of Revlon Professional Roux Lash and Brow Tint (Colomer USA Corp, New York, New York, USA). Clinical evaluation revealed various degrees of silver deposition on the upper eyelid, lid margin, caruncle and conjunctiva, and diffuse Descemet's membrane deposits. In one case, histologic examination demonstrated silver deposition in the basement membrane and superficial substantia propria of the conjunctiva. CONCLUSIONS: Argyrosis can occur after long-term application of readily available eyelash tints, and the deposition of silver may be permanent. In certain circumstances, conjunctival argyrosis may simulate benign and malignant lesions, including conjunctival melanoma. These products should only be applied by trained cosmetologists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)198-200
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican journal of ophthalmology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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