Many women who wear contact lenses to correct vision impairment often experience discomfort and eye irritation when putting on contact lenses, especially when also applying make-up. Many of our readers have contacted us with questions on how to properly handle contacts when it’s time to get ready for a night on the town.
The first question that comes to mind is whether to apply make-up before or after insertion or removal of the contacts. According to two eye care professionals we asked this isn’t the main issue. What makes the difference with regard to keeping your eyes free from discomfort and infections is the level of hygiene that is maintained.
Let us assume you will apply your make-up before inserting your contact lenses. To avoid damage to both your contact lenses and your eyes, remember to wash your hands thoroughly. Use a pH neutral soap to clean your hands of any cosmetics. If you plan to use nail polish, apply it after contacts have been inserted.
Contact lenses are made of highly sensitive materials (such as polymer used in Acuvue 2) and will easily damage if they come in contact with certain chemicals. Contact lenses contaminated by make-up are a common issue and often lead to allergic reactions, dry eyes, or other eye infections.
To further avoid this discomfort, it is important to purchase high-quality cosmetic products only.
Regarding eyeliner, or eye shadow, make sure to be extra careful as they both are applied close to and around the eye. If you choose to insert your contact lenses after applying make-up, it is important to let the eyeliner or eye shadow settle.
In conclusion, always keep a high level of hygiene when dealing with contact lenses. Wash your hands before handling your contact lenses, especially after having applied make-up. For more information it is also advisable to contact your local eye doctor.