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Makeup Tips for Contact Lens Wearers from your Lafayette, LA Eye Doctor


For those who use contacts a number of precautions should be taken when using makeup. Here are a few basic tips on ways to be sure you keep your eyes attractive and safe.


Buying Makeup


First of all, eye care professionals advise that you buy only cosmetics that are free of oils and fragrances. Additionally, to avoid flaking or smearing, which could result in irritating your lenses, purchase waterproof mascara and eyeliner. Lastly you should switch eye makeup at regular intervals – it is preferable to switch mascara each month, eyeliner every three months and eye shadows after half a year.


The Safe Application of Cosmetics


Always make sure you rinse your hands before inserting your contacts. Put on all eye makeup with care so you don't damage your lenses. Try not to touch a brush or liner to the inner eye lid and apply mascara from the center of the eyelashes rather than the base. Don't let another use your makeup or apply if the eyes are red or infected.


In addition to taking off eye makeup daily try to think ahead and avoid wearing contacts when you are aware you will be in contact with chemicals such as those used for treating hair or in a beauty salon.


Being careful when using cosmetics when wearing contacts can prevent irritated, itchy or inflamed eyes and damage to the contacts.


If your eyes become red or infected avoid applying any cosmetics around the eyes. Don't hesitate to call your optometrist if you have any redness, discomfort, or inflammation. Our Lafayette, LA optometrist will be glad to help you with any lens problems that are troubling you.