Long Eyelashes May be Short on Protection

You know the movie scene — the blond bombshell bats her long eyelashes at the man across the crowded room. He is helpless to resist her advances as those long eyelashes, seemingly the length of palm fronds, open and close to reveal her warm brown eyes.

Problem is — those long eyelashes of hers aren’t protecting her eyes as well as shorter lashes would.

At least that is the finding of Dr. David Hu and researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology (GIT), who published a study in February in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface finding that eyelashes of a length around one-third the width of the eye are optimum for the greatest eye protection.

There have been many hypotheses about the role of eyelashes. Some have guessed they shade the eye from the sun. Others have thought they are […]

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