Style & Beauty
Cosmetics and Contacts
3/1/2013 10:22:48 AM

The American Optometric Association reports that cosmetics are among some of the most common sources of problems for contact lens wearers. These problems include deposits on the lens, eye irritation, allergy, dryness injury, infection.

Dr. Donavon LaFleur, optometrist with The Eye Clinic, says this is why contact lens wearers should take extra precautions when using cosmetics. "Whether you are an adolescent just beginning to experiment with make-up or an adult who has been wearing it the same way for years, we want everyone in the habit of applying cosmetics in a safe way to avoid painful eye injuries. We spend a lot of time with our contact lens patients, instructing them in how to minimize the risk of any problems, and this is one of the things we discuss.”

He says eye make-up is not prohibited for those who wear contacts, but there are some basic precautions lens wearers should be aware of:

· Choose non-scented, hypoallergenic cosmetics manufactured by a well-known, trusted brand name.

· Wash your hands before inserting or removing your contact lenses.

· Do not borrow or lend your cosmetics to others.

· Wash all make-up application brushes frequently.

· Apply make-up after inserting the contact lenses.

· Do not purchase mascara refills in which you insert your old applicator.

· Avoid frosted, pearlized, iridescent, or other glittery types of eye shadow, which may contain ground oyster shells or tinsel when can get trapped under your lens and scratch the surface of the eye.

· Do not apply eyeliner to the inner edge of the lid or above the lash line on the lower lid.

· Avoid using loose powder on the face.

· Do not apply creams too close to the eyes.

· Never apply eye makeup while in motion or while driving.

· Never use makeup testers in stores or share eye makeup with others.

· Avoid lash-extending mascara, which has fibers that can irritate the eyes, and waterproof mascara, which cannot be easily removed with water and may stain soft contact lenses.

· Dispose of eye cosmetics three months after purchased, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology

· Do not use water or saliva to lubricate applicator or thin cosmetics.

· Remove lenses before removing makeup.

· Do not apply cosmetics if your eyes are red, swollen, or infected. If symptoms persist, see your eye doctor.

Dr. LaFleur says that by following these guidelines, contact lens wearers can wear eye makeup without putting their vision at risk.

For more information about contact lenses and proper usage, call The Eye Clinic nearest you in Lake Charles, Moss Bluff, Sulphur, DeRidder or Jennings, or visit

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