Contacts and Cosmetics: Advice from your Cincinnati, OH Eye Doctor

For those who use contact lenses a number of precautions should be taken when applying makeup. Here are a few pointers on ways to ensure you keep your eyes attractive and healthy.

Which Makeup Are the Safest for your Eyes?

First and foremost, eye care professionals advise that you use only cosmetics that are oil and fragrance free. Further, to avoid flaking or smudging, which could end up bothering your contacts, use waterproof mascara and eyeliner. Finally you should switch cosmetics used for your eyes at regular intervals – it is preferable to mascara every month, eyeliner every 3 months and shadows every 6 months.

Tips on Applying Makeup

Make sure you wash your hands thoroughly prior to applying your lenses. Apply eye shadow, liner and mascara with care to avoid touching your lenses. Don't touch mascara or eye liner to the inside lid and start mascara from the center of the lashes as opposed to the base. Don't use someone else’s makeup or put makeup on when the eyes are swollen or infected.

It's also very important to remove eye makeup daily with hypoallergenic, oil-free remover. It's advised to remove contacts prior to cleaning off makeup.

Following these guidelines when using cosmetics during lens use can prevent red, itchy or infected eyes as well as scratches, breaks or breakdown of lenses.

When your eyes become swollen or infected avoid applying any cosmetics around the eyes. Feel free to contact your optometrist if you experience any swelling, discomfort, or inflammation. Our Cincinnati, OH optometrist will be glad to help you with any lens issues that are troubling you.

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