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Contacts and Cosmetics: Suggestions from your Manhattan, NY Eye Doctor

If you use contact lenses there are a number of precautions that should be taken in regard to applying cosmetics. Here are a few professional pointers for how to be sure your eyes stay looking great and safe.

Which Cosmetics Are Best for your Eyes?

First and foremost, we advise you purchase only cosmetics that are oil and fragrance free. Additionally, to prevent flaking or smudging, which could end up bothering your contacts, use water-resistant mascara and eye liner pencils. Lastly it's important to switch eye makeup frequently - ideally replace mascara every month, eyeliner after three months and eye shadows every 6 months.

How to Safely Apply Cosmetics

Always be careful to wash your hands thoroughly prior to inserting your lenses. Apply all eye makeup gently to avoid scratching your contacts. Try not to apply mascara or eye liner to the lid inside the lashes and start mascara from the midpoint of the lashes instead of the base. Never share makeup with others or apply if the eyes are swollen or infected.

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

Being careful when applying makeup when wearing contacts can avoid red, swollen or inflamed eyes and scratches, breaks or breakdown of lenses.

If your eyes become red or irritated don't put on any cosmetics around the eyes. Feel free to call your optometrist if you have any swelling, discomfort, or irritation. Our Manhattan, NY eye doctor will be glad to assist you with any lens problems that you may be having.