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Eye Cosmetics Can Do More Harm than Good: Rodan + Fields Lawsuit

Society today is so focused on beauty and driven to achieve it at any cost.

Whether it is super­fi­cial or med­ical­ly altered, it seems that there are often uncal­cu­lat­ed or undis­closed risks that are asso­ci­at­ed with achiev­ing beau­ty. One of the most recent exam­ples of the risk of beau­ty is the class action law­suit that has been filed against Rodan + Fields, the skin­care com­pa­ny, for vio­la­tion of con­sumer pro­tec­tion laws and fraud­u­lent, unfair mar­ket­ing of one of their prod­ucts.

Lash Boost eye serum is the prod­uct being brought to court due to the fact that Rodan + Fields failed to dis­close the side effects of one of the ingre­di­ents. Rodan + Fields says that Lash Boost gives users “the appear­ance of lush, longer-look­ing lash­es” but did not dis­close the side effects of one of the key ingre­di­ents; iso­propyl clo­proste­nate. This ingre­di­ent is a type of med­ica­tion called prostaglandin ana­log, which is often used to treat eye con­di­tions like glau­co­ma. The basis of the class action law­suit is that Rodan + Fields failed to dis­close the side effects of prostaglandin analogs to their cus­tomers. Eye doc­tors are well-aware of the Rodan + Fields Lash Boost side effects that have been expe­ri­enced such as changes in iris col­or, eye­lid droop­ing, itchy eyes, eye/lid dis­col­oration, thin­ning and loss of eye­lash­es, eye sen­si­tiv­i­ty, eye infec­tions and vision impair­ment.

Anoth­er prod­uct on the mar­ket, Latisse by Aller­gan, con­tains prostaglandin ana­log and is the only Food and Drug Admin­is­tra­tion-approved med­ica­tion for “lash enhance­ment”. Although, Aller­gan ful­ly dis­clos­es the side effects of their prod­uct for their con­sumers. Rodan + Fields face a less severe out­come due to the fact that their prod­uct is mar­ket­ed as a cos­met­ic rather than a med­ica­tion, which requires approval from the FDA pri­or to being sold to the pub­lic.  Cos­met­ic prod­ucts face far less scruti­ny and reg­u­la­tions than med­ica­tions, but prostaglandin analogs have been banned from cos­met­ics in Cana­da. While still US com­pa­nies are still per­mit­ted to use them, the side effects must be ful­ly dis­closed in accor­dance with state con­sumer pro­tec­tion laws.

The class-action law­suit seeks com­pen­sa­tion for con­sumers that have pur­chased and used Lash Boost. How­ev­er, Rodan + Fields have denied any wrong­do­ing and claim that the plain­tiffs were com­par­ing Lash Boost to unre­lat­ed prod­ucts and Lash Boost has been con­sis­tent­ly mar­ket­ed as a cos­met­ic prod­uct, which may cause irri­ta­tion in some users. The prod­uct has clear direc­tions for users to fol­low, includ­ing instruc­tions for those who expe­ri­ence irri­ta­tions. Rodan + Fields have elect­ed to go to tri­al and let the specifics of their legal defense play out in court.

Generating more than $1.7 billion in sales for 2017, Rodan + Fields is one of the top cosmetic companies in the country.

Lash Boost brought in near­ly $200 mil­lion in sales for the com­pa­ny in 2017. This law­suit could poten­tial­ly cost Rodan + Fields a large sum of mon­ey, depend­ing on the out­come.

It is always best to con­sult with your eye doc­tor before try­ing new cos­met­ics or prod­ucts. Your vision is pre­cious and at the end of the day is it real­ly worth the cost of “beau­ty”?

Always read the side effects of any new products that you choose to use and seek medical help right away if conditions occur.

When it comes to your vision, our team at Dia­mond Vision can help you see clear­ly once again. Now is the time to take back your vision and free your­self from incon­ve­nient con­tacts and/or glass­es. Vis­it one of our ten loca­tions today to learn about the pro­ce­dures that our award-win­ning staff of sur­geons and pro­fes­sion­als per­form. To find our office loca­tion near­est you, sched­ule your free con­sul­ta­tion with us today.

May 14th, 2018|Comments Off on Eye Cosmetics Can Do More Harm than Good: Rodan + Fields Lawsuit

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Born in Connecticut and raised in Upstate New York , Dr. Stetson graduated Cum Laude from Colgate University in New York, and then earned an MD degree with honors at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He distinguished himself again in residency at the Albany Medical Center, where he obtained the highest percentile in the Ophthalmology Knowledge Assessment Examinations. Dr. Stetson has performed more than 50,000 refractive surgeries and has been on staff at Diamond Vision since 2004, before becoming Medical Director in 2006.


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