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Contacts and Cosmetics: Suggestions from your Knoxville, TN Eye Doctor


If you use contacts a number of guidelines should be followed when applying cosmetics. Below are a few basic tips for ways to ensure you keep your eyes attractive and healthy.


Which Cosmetics Are Best for your Eyes?


To start, eye care professionals strongly suggest you purchase only cosmetics that are fragrance and oil free. In addition, to avoid peeling or smearing, which could result in bothering your lenses, buy waterproof mascara and eyeliner. Lastly you should switch makeup at regular intervals – it is preferable to mascara each month, eyeliner after 3 months and shadows every six months.


Applying Makeup


Make sure you wash your hands thoroughly prior to inserting your lenses. Put on eye shadow, liner and mascara carefully to prevent damaging your contact lenses. Don't apply mascara or eye liner to the inside eye lid and apply mascara from the middle of the lashes as opposed to the base. Don't use someone else’s makeup or apply when the eyes are swollen or irritated.


In addition to removing eye makeup daily try to think ahead and opt for glasses when you know you will be using chemicals such as those used for dying hair or in a beauty salon.


Taking proper care in applying eye makeup when wearing lenses can avoid irritated, swollen or inflamed eyes as well as scratches, breaks or breakdown of lenses.


When your eyes are swollen or infected avoid applying any cosmetics around the eyes. Don't hesitate to call your eye care practitioner if you have any swelling, pain, or itchiness. Our Knoxville, TN optometrist will be glad to help you with any lens issues that you may be having.