Contact Lenses & Cosmetics Santa Rosa, CA

Learn About Contact Lenses & Cosmetics

Here are some tips to help you wear your contacts and your cosmetics safely and comfortably together:

  • Put on soft contact lenses before applying makeup.
  • Put on rigid gas-permeable (RGP) lenses after makeup is applied.
  • Avoid lash-extending mascara, which has fibers that can irritate the eyes, and waterproof mascara, which cannot be easily removed with water and may stain soft contact lenses.
  • Remove lenses before removing makeup.
  • Choose an oil-free moisturizer.
  • Don’t use hand creams or lotions before handling contacts. They can leave a film on your lenses.
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  • Use hairspray before putting on your contacts. If you use hairspray while you are wearing your contacts, close your eyes during spraying and for a few seconds afterward.
  • Blink your eyes frequently while under a hair drier or blower to keep your eyes from getting too dry.
  • Keep false eyelash cement, nail polish and remover, perfume and cologne away from the lenses. They can damage the plastic.
  • Choose water-based, hypoallergenic liquid foundations. Cream makeup may leave a film on your lenses.


What Are The Myths Surrounding Contact Lenses?

Interestingly enough, there are a lot of myths surrounding contact lenses. The first myth involves age; some think only people of a certain age are eligible for contact lenses. However, the truth is that about 75 percent of adults aged 25 or older wear contact lenses. Even children as young as eight years old can wear contact lenses.

The next myth is that people believe contact lenses can get lost behind the eye. This is not true, as it is impossible for this scenario to happen. Contact lenses are kept in place by a thin membrane called the conjunctiva. The lens can slip out of place, but a few forceful blinks can reposition it.

The final myth of contact lenses is how they can cause eye diseases. Contact lenses do not cause eye diseases, but improper care can greatly increase your chance of an eye infection. It is crucial that you take proper care of your contact lenses by cleaning them after every use.

How Do I Take Care of Contact Lenses?

Taking care of your contact lenses is simple, but it must be done daily. Before cleaning your lenses, wash your hands before putting them near your eyes. Once your hands are thoroughly clean, carefully take your lenses out and put them in a case filled with solution. This solution disinfects your lenses so that you can reuse them. Wearing dirty contact lenses can cause a lot of problems, but with the proper care, you will not have to worry about getting an infection.

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If you are interested in wearing contact lenses or would like to know more about them in Santa Rosa, CA, Eye Care Institute is here to help. Contact us at 707-546-9800 to schedule an appointment today!

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