Short and thinning eyelashes can be about more than just your looks. Like the hair on your head, eyelashes can be an indication of your overall health, especially if there are changes in the length or growth pattern of your eyelashes. Whatever the cause, when taking steps to grow your eyelashes longer, you will have to be patient, because eyelashes grow very slowly. It may be several weeks before you notice a difference.
Eat a healthy diet. A nutritious diet will help your hair, including your eyelashes, grow and look healthy. Foods with vitamin A, B, C, D and E help promote hair growth. Dark, leafy greens, eggs and nuts contain many of these vitamins.
Make an appointment with your ophthalmologist for an eye exam. Eye infections can cause eyelashes to thin and fall out. Treatment would allow your eyelashes to grow back longer, up to their normal length.
Talk to your doctor about possible medical causes of your sparse or short eyelashes, especially if there is a change from your normal eyelash thickness or length. Some diseases such as a thyroid condition or Lupus can affect your eyelashes, and treatment may return your eyelashes to their normal thickness and length.
As your doctor for a prescription for Latisse, a cream that you apply to your eyelash line to grow longer, thicker eyelashes. This product is FDA approved and has proven to be effective. However, there are potential side effects, such as eye irritation, skin pigment changes where the cream is applied and hair growth in unintended areas if the cream drips away from your eyelash area, according to MayoClinic.com.