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Contacts and Cosmetics: Suggestions from your Squamish and West Vancouver Eye Care Doctors


If you wear contact lenses a few guidelines should be followed when applying cosmetics. Here are some basic tips for how to ensure your eyes stay beautiful and safe.


Which Cosmetics Are Best for your Eyes?


First and foremost, we recommend you purchase only brands that are oil and fragrance free. Further, to prevent flaking or smearing, which could result in bothering your contacts, purchase water-resistant mascara and eye liner pencils. Finally it's important to replace eye makeup frequently - ideally switch mascara monthly, eyeliner after three months and eye shadows every 6 months.


How to Safely Apply Makeup


Make certain you wash your hands before putting in your lenses. Put on all eye makeup with care to prevent touching your lenses. Don't touch mascara or eye liner to the inside lid and apply mascara at the center of the eyelashes instead of the base. Don't use someone else’s makeup or apply when the eyes are red or infected.


In addition to taking off cosmetics daily try to be proactive and avoid wearing contacts when you are aware you will be using chemicals such as those used for treating hair or in a beauty salon.


Taking proper care in applying eye makeup during contact use can avoid irritated, swollen or inflamed eyes and damage to lenses.


If your eyes are swollen or infected avoid wearing any cosmetics around the eyes. Don't hesitate to contact your eye care practitioner if you have any swelling, pain, or itchiness. Our Squamish and West Vancouver, BC optometrists will be glad to assist you with any contact issues that are troubling you.