Eye makeup causes eye problems

We use a lot of makeup products and tools in daily life. Have you ever noticed that these can be an aggravating factor for your eye diseases?

How does eye makeup cause eye problems?

1) Eyeliners, Kajal and Mascara are commonly used eye makeup products. If they are old or expired or infected; they can cause serious eyelid infections like stye, blepharitis, cellulitis or cause infections inside the eye like bacterial or viral conjunctivitis.

2) Eye makeup products, if applied near the edge of the eyelid, can clog the Meibomian gland present in the eyelids. This gland provides the oily layer of our tear film and blockage of the Meibomian gland can worsen dry eye symptoms by thinning the tear film and will cause tears to evaporate rapidly. Blockage of this gland is also responsible for recurring eyelid infections.

3) Small particles or glitter present in eye makeup also cause an allergic reaction and cause allergic conjunctivitis which can lead to symptoms of itchy, watery and irritated eyes.

4) Makeup tools and bags are also breeding grounds for germs that spread to the skin and eyes. If not applied and used carefully, they can also cause corneal abrasions.

5) Improperly worn or unhygienic contact lenses are also sources of dangerous and vision threatening infections like Acanthamoeba keratitis. If worn after eye makeup, they can carry foreign particles inside and cause corneal damage.

How to Avoid Eye Problems Caused by Eye Makeup and Contact Lenses

  • Do not share cosmetics
  • Do not use expired eye products.
  • To avoid the risk of infection, change eye makeup after 3-4 months and makeup tools after 6-8 months
  • Store makeup products in a cool, dry place. Heat and humidity increase the risk of microbial growth by reducing the shelf life of preservatives.
  • Wash your hands before wearing contact lenses and even before applying eye makeup, as you can spread bacteria from your hands to your eyes.
  • Follow the “objective first” rule. Wear contact lenses before applying eye makeup. Try using daily or monthly disposable contact lenses and change the solution every day. Also, you should never use expired lens solutions.
  • Never sleep with make-up and contact lenses on. Remove makeup with a gentle cleanser before sleeping. Rinse the contact lens with this solution before storing it in the lens case.
  • Do not wear makeup in case of eye infection. This can make the disease worse.

If you experience dry eyes, inflammation, or any other signs of eye infection after using eye cosmetics, stop using them immediately. If the problem persists, see an eye doctor as soon as possible. In order to identify the source of the infection, the ophthalmologist will examine your eyes and prescribe treatment accordingly.



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