The constituents of kajal were selected emperically or on hearsay. The methods of preparing kajal were were crude & there was no way to define the concentration of each consituent & its actual effect on the eye. This remains the case till date.
Today witgh the availability of good drugs in precise concentration and well researched effects on the eyes & the disease that they are meant for, "kajal" looses it's relevance & role. However, kajal continues to be used widely by females as a beauty enhancer.
Kajal can have adverse effects on the eyes. Some of them are listed below:
- Conjunctivitis - chemical, toxic & infective
- Toxicity / Chemical Reaction
- Stye & Hordeolum - infections of the glands of the eye lids
- Corneal ulcer - which can potentially lead to blindness
- Uveitis - certain chemicals in kajal can incite inflammation inside the eye
- Glaucoma - some constituents can increase eye pressure leading to glaucoma
- Dry Eye - regular use of kajal can be assiciated with scarring of tear / lacrimal glands causing dry eye syndrome
- Conjunctival discoloration
Eyes are precious and very beautiful even without any makeup, we should take good care of them.
Dr. Sanjay Dhawan
Senior Eye Surgeon
New Delhi / Gurgaon, India
More about eye diseases & their treatment at sdhawan.com