For those who use contacts there are a number of precautions that should be taken when it comes to using cosmetics. Below are a few basic pointers on ways to make sure your eyes stay beautiful and healthy.
To start, we recommend that you purchase only products that are free of oils and fragrances. Additionally, to prevent flaking or smearing, which could result in irritating your lenses, use waterproof mascara and eyeliner. Finally you should replace eye makeup at regular intervals – it is preferable to switch mascara once a month, liners after 3 months and eye shadows after half a year.
How to Safely Apply Cosmetics
Be certain to wash your hands prior to inserting your lenses. Apply eye shadow, liner and mascara with care to avoid touching your contacts. Don't touch mascara or eye liner to the lid inside the lashes and apply mascara from the middle of the eyelashes rather than the bottom near the lid. Don't let another use your makeup or apply if your eyes are red or infected.
In addition to cleaning off cosmetics every day try to be proactive and avoid wearing contacts when you are aware you will be in contact with chemicals such as those used for treating hair or in a beauty salon.
Adhering to these guidelines when applying makeup when wearing contact lenses can prevent red, itchy or inflamed eyes as well as damage to the contacts.
If your eyes become red or infected don't apply makeup. Feel free to call your eye care practitioner if you have any swelling, pain, or irritation. Our Duluth, MN optometrist will be glad to help you with any lens problems that you may be having.