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Contacts and Cosmetics: Tips from your Ramsey, NJ Eye Care Practitioner


For those who use contacts a few guidelines should be followed when using makeup. Below are a few basic tips on how to be sure your eyes remain beautiful and safe.


Which Cosmetics Are the Safest for your Eyes?


To start, eye care professionals advise that you use only products that are free of oils and fragrances. Further, to avoid flaking and smearing, which could end up bothering your contacts, use water-resistant mascara and eyeliner. Lastly it's important to replace cosmetics used for your eyes at regular intervals – ideally replace mascara monthly, eyeliner every three months and eye shadows after half a year.


Tips on Applying Makeup


Make certain you rinse your hands before putting in your contacts. Put on all eye makeup with care to avoid damaging your lenses. Don't touch a brush or liner to the lid inside the lashes and start mascara at the middle of the lashes rather than the bottom near the lid. Don't share makeup with others or apply when your eyes are swollen or irritated.


In addition to removing cosmetics daily try to be proactive and opt for glasses when dying or treating your hair with any sort of chemical.


Adhering to these guidelines when applying eye makeup during contact use can avoid irritated, itchy or infected eyes and damage to the contacts.


When your eyes are swollen or infected avoid applying any cosmetics around the eyes. Don't hesitate to call your optometrist if you have any redness, discomfort, or itchiness. Our Ramsey, NJ optometrist will be glad to help you with any contact problems that are troubling you.