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What is the function of eyelashes?

Arthur W. Perry, MD
Plastic Surgery
Long, thick eyelashes have been a sign of good health and beauty for thousands of years. But we can't forget that the real function of eyelashes is to provide an "early warning system" that keeps projectiles, like sand and insects, out of your eyes. Particles that hit the lashes trigger a lightening fast blink reflex that protects your cornea from injury.

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