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Does Bimatoprost (generic Latisse®) have any known side effects?

  • If you have eyelid eczema, you may experience some worsening of symptoms.
  • There is a possibility of eyelid skin darkening, which is usually reversible when treatment is stopped.
  • There is a potential for discoloration of soft contact lenses, which can be avoided if you remove contact lenses before application and wait at least 15 minutes after application to reinsert them.
  • Conjunctival hyperemia (prominent blood vessels in your eyes), itching sensations in the eyes and/or eye redness may be side effects.
  • Increased iris pigmentation (brown darkening of the colored part of the eye), which may be permanent, has occurred when bimatoprost was administered directly into the eye. Therefore, it is important to apply as directed (i.e. with the applicator at the base of the eyelids and NOT directly into the eye) so less medication makes its way into your eye.
  • Be careful not to repeatedly touch areas of skin outside of the treatment areas, as this may cause hair growth in those areas. Blotting away any excess liquid with a clean tissue should help prevent this from occurring.
  • There is a rare chance of periorbital fat atrophy (deepening of the eyelid sulcus resulting in a hollowing-out appearance of the eyelids) that may be permanent. Patients should discontinue use if they start to see this effect.
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