Still, how safe is it around our eyes? We’ve all heard that beauty is pain, but we in the eye care business have to put our foot down when it comes to unnecessary eye infection and injury risks. We’re not saying no to eye makeup overall, but we would urge a certain amount of caution.
Substances that come as close to the eyeball as makeup alway carry a certain level of risk, even when they’re totally free of harmful compounds. That’s why we’re more wary of false eyelashes, eyelash extensions, eyeliner for the waterline, and color contacts than we are of eyeshadow and normal eyeliner. Bacteria can build up on these cosmetics and get into the eyes.
Mascara can have this problem too. A single use contaminates the mascara wand with germs, but that’s not the only issue. Sometimes you miss the lashes and jab your eye instead, which can scratch the cornea.
Again, we’re not here to tell you to immediately throw all of your eye makeup in the trash. We just want you to know the risks and have the strategies and tools to keep your eyes as safe as possible. Here are a few great tips to follow:
If you aren’t sure about the makeup products you’re using and would like our professional opinion about them, we’re happy to give it! Bring us all of your questions and concerns. We especially want to hear from you if you’ve been experiencing any irritation, redness, swelling, or other symptoms. We want to help our patients keep their eyes healthy while looking their best!