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Cosmetics Tips for Contact Lens Wearers from your Winston Salem, NC Optometrist

For those who use contacts there are a number of guidelines that should be followed when it comes to the use of cosmetics. Below are some professional tips on how to make sure your eyes remain looking great and safe.

Which Makeup Are the Safest for your Eyes?

First of all, eye care professionals recommend that you buy only brands that are oil and fragrance free. Further, to avoid peeling or smudging, which could result in bothering your lenses, use water-resistant mascara and eyeliner. Finally it's important to switch makeup at regular intervals – ideally replace mascara monthly, eyeliner after three months and shadows after half a year.

Tips on Applying Cosmetics

Always be careful to rinse your hands before applying your contacts. Put on all eye makeup carefully to avoid scratching your contact lenses. Make sure you don't touch mascara or eye liner to the inner lid and apply mascara from the center of the eyelashes instead of the base. Never use someone else’s makeup or apply if your eyes are swollen or infected.

In addition to cleaning off cosmetics daily try to be proactive and opt for glasses 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 makeup during contact use can prevent irritated, itchy or infected eyes and damage to lenses.

When your eyes become swollen or irritated don't apply any cosmetics around the eyes. Don't hesitate to call your optometrist if you experience any swelling, discomfort, or irritation. Our Winston Salem, NC eye doctor can assist you with any contact issues that you may be having.