Don't be careless about using eye cosmetics and contact lenses, just because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) monitors products for safety. As a consumer you also required to know how to be on the safe side and to help protect your eyes.
Prevent Blindness America is using April’s Women’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month as an opportunity to offer free tips to the public on the safe use of eye cosmetics. And, contact lens wearers should take extra precautions as cosmetics are a common source of eye problems for contact lens users.
Important tips offered by Prevent Blindness America:
Never use eye makeup testers in stores or share eye makeup with others.
Dispose of eye cosmetics three months after purchased,
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).
Always apply makeup outside the lash line to avoid contact with the eye.
Never store cosmetics in extreme heat or cold conditions (such as a car), as this can break down preservatives, allowing bacteria to grow.
Never apply makeup while driving or riding in a moving vehicle.
Never apply eye cosmetics if eyes are already red, swollen, or if you have recently undergone eye surgery until an eye doctor has given permission.
Never dye eyelashes or eyebrows. No color additives have been approved by the FDA for permanent dyeing or tinting of eyelashes or eyebrows.
Visit a licensed eye care professional to be fitted for contact lenses.
Use pressed eye shadows in conjunction with an eye shadow base to help makeup stay in place.
Always insert contact lenses before applying makeup and remove them before taking makeup off.
Never share or trade contact lenses with others.
Before handling contact lenses, wash hands with soap and water, then rinse and dry them with a lint-free towel.
Minimize contact with water, including removing lenses before going swimming or in a hot tub.
Contact lens cases should always be cleaned with fresh solution – not water. Leave the empty case open to air dry.
Do not use cracked or damaged lens cases. Lens cases can be a source of contamination and infection.
Keep the contact lens case clean and replace it regularly, at least every three months.
For more tips and information on the safe use of eye cosmetics and/or contact lens safety, please visit Prevent Blindness America at preventblindness.org or call (800) 331-2020.