Cornea Burn - How to avoid it

beginners Jul 18, 2022

 Have you ever heard about a cornea burn?

A cornea burn is extremely painful and can feel like you have rubbed sandpaper on your pupil. It is most common to occur after the treatment when the numbing affect has worn off and your client has gone home.

It happens when:

  • You use numbing cream that has a very high percentage (over 10%)
  • Your numbing cream is not regulated in Australia, or is illegally imported
  • Your numbing cream has been subject to extreme heat during transit (make sure your numbing cream is always sent express post)

Our clients comfort and safety is our top priority during a treatment and this information isn’t meant to scare you, but help to educate you on how to be a better artists

To help avoid this from happening you need to rinse the eye before and after the eyeliner treatment. Not with just water but with lubricating eyedrops. I prefer to use ‘Celluvisc’. You can purchase these from any chemist, and they come in a pack of 30 individual droppers.

These eyedrops provide a lubrication to the eye to stop the numbing cream from “burning” the eye. You coat the eye before you apply the pre-numbing cream and then rinse the eye at the end of the treatment to get out any remaining ink that has seeped into the eye during a treatment.

If you don’t rinse the eye at the end you will notice that you clients have what looks like “black sleep” and if left in the eye it can scratch the pupil and become uncomfortable.

 Top tips to avoid a cornea burn:

  1. Apply lubricating eyedrops at the start and end of the treatment
  2. Only use numbing cream from a qualified compounding chemist
  3. Always check on your clients comfort during a treatment

 If you have any questions, or would like to know more about cornea burns, please reach out to us via email:

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