Many contact lens users wear eye make-up. Recent studies at the University of Waterloo Centre for Contact Lens Research has shown that hand creams, mascara and make-up removers can alter the contact lens shape and optics. These changes in the contact lenssoft CL will interfere with lens comfort and performance.
Cleaning lenses with a hydrogen peroxide system such as Clearcare removes some of the cosmetic product from the lens, but not completely. Waterproof mascare was associated with the greatest amount of surface depostition. Clearcare only partially removed these deposits.
Make-up removers induced the greatest changes to the lens diameter or size.
If you wear contact lenses and make-up you can avoid complications from cosmetic deposits and build-up on your lenses by following these rules:

  • Daily use contact lenses are a simple solution to the build-up of cosmetic residues. Unfortunately, this isn’t an option for everyone.
  • Washing your hands before handling your contacts removes lotions and debris from your hands.
  • Insert your contact lenses before applying any lotions or make-up.
  • Remove your contact lenses before removing your make-up. And remove your make-up every night.
  • Replace your contact lenses as prescribed

If you are experiencing contact lens discomfort, poor vision or red eyes, try the above recommendations. If you are still having problems, call the office for an appointment.

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