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Cosmetics Tips for Lens Wearers from your Calgary, AB Eye Care Practitioner

For those who use contacts certain guidelines should be followed when using makeup. Here are some tips on ways to ensure your eyes remain looking great and safe.

Buying Cosmetics

To start, we advise you purchase only products that are free of oils and fragrances. Additionally, to avoid flaking or smearing, which could end up bothering your lenses, use waterproof mascara and eyeliner. Lastly it's important to replace cosmetics used around your eyes frequently - ideally switch mascara each month, eyeliner after 3 months and eye shadows every 6 months.

Tips on Applying Cosmetics

Make sure you wash your hands prior to putting in your contacts. Put on all eye makeup with care to prevent damaging your contact lenses. Make sure you don't apply a brush or liner to the lid inside the lashes and start mascara from the center of the lashes instead of the bottom near the lid. Don't share makeup with others or put makeup on when the eyes are red or infected.

In addition to cleaning off eye makeup every day try to think ahead and opt for glasses when you are aware you will be using chemicals such as those used for treating hair or in a beauty salon.

Adhering to these guidelines when using makeup when wearing lenses can prevent red, itchy or infected eyes and scratches, breaks or breakdown of lenses.

If your eyes become swollen or infected don't put on any cosmetics around the eyes. Don't hesitate to call your optometrist if you experience any swelling, discomfort, or itchiness. Our Calgary, AB eye doctor will be glad to assist you with any contact lens issues that you may be having.

Thank you for trusting your eyecare with us over the years.  The Foresight Eyecare team follows the government mandate to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.  After December 2020 announcements made by the Alberta Government, our clinic is following the revised Infection Prevention and Control policy by the Alberta College of Optometrists.

Patients interested in obtaining eye exam services or eye care products can be seen by appointment only.  Please call ahead, and staff will arrange an appointment time and ask COVID-19 screening questions.  If you have any symptoms of cough, fever, runny nose or shortness of breath, we ask that you call or e-mail us and do not attend the clinic for your scheduled visit.   Within the clinic, please wear a mask and use the hand sanitizer at reception.  Our clinic complies with the City of Calgary bylaw requiring mask covering over the age of two years old.  For patients who are unable to wear a face covering due to medical reasons, the patient can be scheduled for an appointment at a time when minimal number of other patients are in the clinic such as at the beginning or end of the day to ensure appropriate physical distancing requirements.

We are using disposable disinfectant wipes on all surfaces and devices such as front desk counters, chairs, handles in exam rooms and waiting room.  All eyewear that have been touched by patients are continually being sanitized.   Any toys and magazines are stored at this time.  Examination areas are being sanitized with hospital grade disinfectant.  Debit and credit cards but NO CASH payments will be accepted.

COVID-19 symptoms are not always obvious.  We want to fend off this pandemic and minimize risk to our patients and the Foresight staff as front line health workers.   Contact that is closer than 2 m (6 feet) is to be avoided, with barriers in place when this cannot be avoided. We choose to continue to do our work and cautiously take care of our patients with compassion, humility, gentleness, and patience.   It is a challenging and new experience for many of us, so let‘s support each other and prevent virus spread!  Beyond 2020, our focus is on take care of you and keeping Clean Hands, Clear Heads and Open Hearts.   For more information, please refer to the following web pages or phone Health Link 811.

Drs. Dianna Leong, Anh Bui, Andrew Chan