Healthy Eyes are Beautiful Eyes

Overlake EyeCare in Bellevue, WA stresses the importance of proper hygiene and careful makeup use. While eye cosmetics like eyeliner, mascara, and eyeshadow can make your eyes stand out in a crown, they can also harm your vision if not used properly. At Overlake EyeCare, we want everyone to keep their eyes healthy. We encourage you to read and follow our eye care tips to keep your eyes healthy and beautiful.

Eyeliner Risks

Research has suggested that people who apply eyeliner run the risk of contaminating their eye and causing vision issues. When eyeliner is applied on the inner eyelid, it is likely to migrate into your eye, potentially causing damage.

Eyeliner ingredients commonly include wax, oils, silicones, and natural gums. These ingredients are designed to make your eyeliner stay on, so they are difficult for the eye’s natural cleaning process to remove once they are introduced into the eye.

When makeup enters the tear film, it can cause:

discomfort for those with sensitive or dry eyes

bacteria entering the eye
foreign body sensation
eye infections
blurred vision

It is recommended that you apply liner to the outside of your eyelids only, avoiding the inner eyelid. Eyeliner in your inner eyelid, or waterline, increases your risk of vision problems. However if this is a makeup trend you plan to indulge in, there are things you can do to reduce the risk of harmful effects. To reduce your risks, simply sharpen your pencil eyeliner before each use to get rid of the buildup at the end. For twist-up eyeliner, you can cut off some of the end before each use to create a fresh tip. This simple habit can help prevent infection.

Contact Lens Concerns

Eyeliner, as well as other eye cosmetics, can cause various eye problems, especially for contact lens wearers. Eye cosmetics often leave deposits in your lenses that affect your vision and comfort, resulting in your eyes becoming dry and irritated.

Contact lenses perform best when your eyes are clean and moist. When makeup is in the tear film, it can cause harm to your vision, comfort, and eye safety. To prevent eye cosmetics entering your eyes and causing damage, it’s important to first wash your hands then carefully and gently wash off eye makeup each night before bed.

If you have any other questions or concerns regarding eye makeup, feel free to contact us here or call 425.643.2020.

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