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Contacts and Cosmetics: Suggestions from your Bronx, NY Optometrist


For those who use contact lenses there are a few precautions that should be taken in regard to using cosmetics. Here are some basic pointers on how to make sure your eyes stay beautiful and healthy.


Buying Cosmetics


First of all, we advise that you purchase only products that are oil free and fragrance free. Additionally, to prevent flaking and smudging, which could result in irritating your lenses, buy water-resistant mascara and eye liner pencils. Lastly it's important to switch makeup used for your eyes frequently – it is preferable to mascara once a month, eyeliner every 3 months and eye shadows after half a year.


How to Safely Apply Cosmetics


Make certain you wash your hands thoroughly before applying your contacts. Put on all eye makeup with care to prevent scratching your contacts. Make sure you don't touch mascara or eye liner to the inside lid and apply mascara at the middle of the lashes as opposed to the base. Don't use someone else’s makeup or put makeup on when the eyes are red or infected.


In addition to removing cosmetics every day try to think ahead and avoid wearing contacts when dying or treating your hair with any sort of chemical.


Adhering to these guidelines when using makeup during contact lens use can prevent irritated, swollen or infected eyes as well as scratches, breaks or breakdown of the contacts.


When your eyes are red or irritated avoid applying any cosmetics around the eyes. Don't hesitate to contact your optometrist if you experience any redness, pain, or irritation. Our Bronx, NY optometrist can help you with any contact issues that you may be having. Call our Bronx office today to schedule your appointment .

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