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Contacts and Cosmetics: Do’s and Don’ts from your Plano, TX Optometrist


If you wear contact lenses certain precautions should be taken when using cosmetics. Below are some basic pointers on ways to make sure you keep your eyes attractive and healthy.


Which Cosmetics Are Best for your Eyes?


First of all, eye care professionals recommend that you purchase only brands that are oil free and fragrance free. Additionally, to prevent flaking or smudging, which could result in irritating your contacts, purchase waterproof mascara and eyeliner. Finally it's important to replace makeup at regular intervals - ideally switch mascara monthly, liners after 3 months and eye shadows every six months.


How to Safely Apply Makeup


Always make sure to rinse your hands before applying your lenses. Apply eye shadow, liner and mascara with care to avoid damaging your contact lenses. Don't apply mascara or eye liner to the lid inside the lashes and apply mascara at the center of the lashes instead of the base. Never share makeup with others or apply when the eyes are red or infected.


In addition to removing cosmetics every day try to think ahead and opt for glasses when dying or treating your hair with a chemical.


Following these guidelines when applying eye makeup when wearing lenses can prevent irritated, itchy or inflamed eyes as well as scratches, breaks or breakdown of lenses.


If your eyes become swollen or irritated avoid applying makeup. Feel free to call your eye doctor if you experience any redness, discomfort, or itchiness. Our Plano, TX optometrist can assist you with any contact lens problems that are troubling you.