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Contact Lenses and Makeup: Tips from your Hoover, AL Optometrist


If you use contact lenses there are a number of precautions that should be taken in regard to using cosmetics. Here are a few basic tips for how to ensure you keep your eyes beautiful and safe.


Purchasing Makeup


First of all, eye care professionals recommend you buy only brands that are oil and fragrance free. In addition, to avoid flaking or smearing, which could end up bothering your contacts, purchase water-resistant mascara and eye liner pencils. Lastly it's important to switch eye makeup frequently – ideally mascara each month, eyeliner every three months and eye shadows after half a year.


Applying Cosmetics


Make certain you wash your hands prior to putting in your contacts. Apply eye shadow, liner and mascara gently so you won't damage your lenses. Don't apply mascara or eye liner to the inside eye lid and apply mascara from the midpoint of the eyelashes instead of the base. Never use someone else’s makeup or put makeup on if the eyes are swollen or irritated.


In addition to removing cosmetics daily try to be proactive and opt for glasses when you are aware you will be in contact with chemicals such as those used for treating hair or in a beauty salon.


Following these guidelines when applying cosmetics during lens use can prevent red, itchy or infected eyes and scratches, breaks or breakdown of the contacts.


If your eyes are red or irritated avoid applying makeup. Feel free to contact your eye care practitioner if you have any redness, pain, or inflammation. Our Hoover, AL optometrist can assist you with any contact lens problems that are troubling you.