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Cosmetics Tips for Lens Wearers from your Overland Park, KS Optometrist

If you wear contacts there are some precautions that should be taken in regard to the use of makeup. Below are some pointers on how to be sure you keep your eyes beautiful and healthy.

Buying Makeup

First and foremost, eye care professionals advise that you purchase only brands that are oil and fragrance free. Additionally, to prevent peeling or smudging, which could result in irritating your contacts, use water-resistant mascara and eyeliner. Finally it's important to switch cosmetics used for your eyes at regular intervals - it is preferable to mascara monthly, eyeliner every 3 months and shadows every six months.

Applying Cosmetics

Always be careful to rinse your hands thoroughly before inserting your lenses. Put on all eye makeup with care to prevent touching your contact lenses. Try not to apply mascara or eye liner to the inner lid and apply mascara at the middle of the lashes rather than the base. Never let another use your makeup or apply if your eyes are swollen or irritated.

In addition to removing eye makeup every day try to think ahead and avoid wearing contacts when you know you will be in contact with chemicals such as those used for treating hair or in a beauty salon.

Being careful when using cosmetics when wearing contacts can prevent irritated, swollen or infected eyes and damage to the contacts.

If your eyes are swollen or infected avoid applying any cosmetics around the eyes. Don't hesitate to contact your eye doctor if you have any redness, discomfort, or irritation. Our Overland Park, KS eye doctor will be glad to help you with any lens problems that you may be having.