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Bride could go blind in one eye after eyelash extension tape nightmare

Alexis Theriot, 33, from Elkhart County, Indiana, revealed her wedding day was ruined after lash extension tape cut into both of her eyeballs.

A bride-to-be’s beauty prep ended up ruining her wedding after her eyelash extensions landed her in the hospital with her eyeballs severed, leaving her at risk of going blind.

Alexis Theriot, 33, Elkhart County, Indiana, decided to enhance her lashes before her big day to achieve a ‘glamorous’ look and speed up the pre-ceremony preparation process.

The mother-of-four went to an eyelash technician who had done her lashes before, just two days before she was to marry fiancé Cameron Theriot, 33, on September 2.

Alexis Theriot, 33, from Elkhart County, Indiana, revealed her wedding day was ruined after lash extension tape cut into both of her eyeballs.

Alexis Theriot, 33, from Elkhart County, Indiana, revealed her wedding day was ruined after lash extension tape cut into both of her eyeballs.

The mother of four had eyelash extensions done two days before she was to marry fiancé Cameron Theriot, 33, in Tennessee.

The mother of four had eyelash extensions done two days before she was to marry fiancé Cameron Theriot, 33, in Tennessee.

“I thought that instead of applying a lash every day around my wedding day, I would just fix my lashes and they would be there for the whole week of my wedding and after,” she said, “but I deeply regret it.”

The esthetician applied duct tape to Alexis’s lower lash line to keep her lids and lashes from sticking together at the start of the two-hour appointment.

“He put the tape on and felt very uncomfortable,” he recalled. ‘I told her, and she said, “Your eyes are probably sensitive”, but my eye felt very irritated, almost to the point of [it] being unbearable.

Alexis continued with the date, but the pain in her eyes continued to increase.

“When he was done, he removed the tape and it was an instant relief, but on the way home my eyes kept hurting more and more,” she explained.

‘I tried to go to bed, but I couldn’t sleep well because of my eyes. They irritated me and kept waking me up, and the next morning it seemed like they were on fire.

Alexis (pictured with her now-husband before the ordeal) recalled how the technician applied duct tape to her lower lash line to keep her lids and lashes from sticking together.

Alexis (pictured with her now-husband before the ordeal) recalled how the technician applied duct tape to her lower lash line to keep her lids and lashes from sticking together.

“The next morning it felt like they were on fire,” Alexis said of the excruciating pain.

Alexis was still in excruciating pain when she made the grueling ten-hour drive from her home in Indiana to her wedding venue in Tennessee the day after her lash appointment.

“I just went ahead and put my kids in the car to start my journey,” he said.

Alexis texted the lash technician, who told her to buy an over-the-counter pain reliever and eye drops, but they couldn’t calm her ‘burning eyeballs’.

After finally arriving at the mountain site on the eve of her wedding, the mother sought the advice of a friend who is an optometrist and was told to see a doctor.

On the morning of her big day, she was forced to drive to a nearby hospital, where she learned the extent of her eye injuries.

The anxious bride-to-be was held for hours as doctors examined her and awaited an essential prescription ahead of the 5pm ceremony

Alexis texted the lash technician, who told her to buy an over-the-counter pain reliever and eye drops, but they couldn’t calm her “burning eyeballs.”

Alexis was still in pain when she made the grueling ten-hour drive from her home in Indiana to her wedding venue in Tennessee.

Alexis was still in pain when she made the grueling ten-hour drive from her home in Indiana to her wedding venue in Tennessee.

Alexis was still in pain when she made the grueling ten-hour drive from her home in Indiana to her wedding venue in Tennessee.

On the morning of her big day, she was forced to drive to a nearby hospital, where she learned the extent of her eye injuries.

On the morning of her big day, she was forced to drive to a nearby hospital, where she learned the extent of her eye injuries.

“I had a little bit of pus and blood draining from my right eye, so they had to try to clean a lot of that out because it was crusted shut from sleeping,” he explained. “It was very painful for them to touch the skin on the right side of my eye and touching my eye was even more painful.

“I started crying from the pain and my tears actually stung my eyes more. The pain was excruciating,” she recalled. “The doctor put dye in both of my eyes and looked at them under a special light and told me they were both cut and bruised, and one was ‘serious’.

“They said he had a bleed in his right eye, one major and one smaller, so possibly two and the pressure was very high.”

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Alexis was warned that if the pressure did not go down, she could suffer vision loss and even blindness.

“The doctors said that the rubbing of the tape is how I cut the entire length of my eye because that’s the exact location of where the lower lash line is and the injury is on my eye,” she said.

“The doctor told me that if I don’t get my eye drops soon and an infection is bad enough, it could take my sight away and I had to take it very seriously.”

“The doctor put dye in both of my eyes and looked at them under a special light and told me they were both cut and bruised,” he explained.

Alexis was also told that she had a hemorrhage in her right eye and that if she did not lower the pressure she could develop vision loss or even blindness.

Alexis was also told that she had a hemorrhage in her right eye and that if she did not lower the pressure she could develop vision loss or even blindness.

Alexis was also told that she had a hemorrhage in her right eye and that if she did not lower the pressure she could develop vision loss or even blindness.

Alexis spent more than eight hours at the hospital and pharmacy trying to obtain an essential prescription on her wedding day.

Alexis spent more than eight hours at the hospital and pharmacy trying to obtain an essential prescription on her wedding day.

Doctors at the hospital administered anesthetic drops to Alexis’s eyes, but she said the effect wore off after an hour and the excruciating pain returned.

After leaving the hospital with her prescription, she had to wait two hours for a nearby pharmacy to open. He then found out that the medication was not in stock and the pharmacist had to call him from another location.

Alexis was gone for more than eight hours before she could run back to her wedding venue, saying she “lost the whole morning”.

“I got to the venue at 3:30 p.m. and no one was dressed and my hair and makeup weren’t done,” she said. ‘I got all my kids ready, but I didn’t even have enough time to do my hair and my daughter exactly how I wanted. It was very disorganized.

Alexis felt that her wedding day was already ruined and she wanted to postpone the ceremony because she was in so much pain, but that was not an option.

‘I didn’t even want to do the wedding anymore, and it’s not that I didn’t want to marry him. I just wanted to be able to enjoy it, but I was in so much pain that nothing was nice,” she explained.

“It really ruined my vacation and my wedding day so much, and I regretted getting the extensions so badly,” she said.

Doctors told Alexis that if her right eye doesn't start to heal within the next two weeks, she could develop glaucoma, a condition that can lead to vision loss and blindness.

Doctors told Alexis that if her right eye doesn’t start to heal within the next two weeks, she could develop glaucoma, a condition that can lead to vision loss and blindness.

“I wanted to push the wedding back for a few days, but I couldn’t because the venue was already booked for all the other days and I wouldn’t get my money back, so I felt really compelled to go ahead with the wedding.” .

“I wanted to have this amazing family moment, so I just put on my brave face and got through it, but it wasn’t at all how it was supposed to be. It really ruined my vacation and my wedding day a lot, and I really regretted getting the extensions.’

Alexis said doctors have confirmed that his left eye is healing well, but the pressure in his right eye remains high due to the deeper cut and resulting bleeding.

If your eye doesn’t start to heal within the next two weeks, you could develop glaucoma, a condition in which the optic nerve is damaged due to pressure from inflammation. It can cause vision loss and blindness.

As she anxiously waits to find out if her ordeal will permanently blind her, the newlywed wants to warn other women about the potential risks of eyelash extensions.

“I just hope that in six weeks I get a clean bill of health for my eye,” he said. ‘No eyelash extension is completely safe because even if it only happens one in a thousand, you could be that one, so it’s just luck. It could happen to anyone.

“My personal suggestion would be that if you want lashes for a special occasion, use the stick-on lashes,” she advised. “I would never get eyelash extensions again, beauty is never worth it for your health.”

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