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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.