Eye Makeup Hazards – Be Afraid!

Halloween is coming, and many costume kits for children and adults alike will come with makeup designed to create special spooky or spectacular effects. A word of caution, however, from your Atlantic Eye ophthalmologists: makeups are largely unregulated and may not be sufficiently tested for safety, especially for use around sensitive eye areas.

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, there are some safety guidelines to keep in mind when you select any eye makeup, not just the ones formulated for Halloween dress-up:

Avoid Glitter Eye Makeup

Princesses and wizards, beware – metallic, glitter, sparkle powder, and the like can flake off and fall into the eye, where they get into the tear film and irritate or, worse, scratch your eyes. Glitter eye makeup is a common cause of corneal irritation or infection, especially for people who wear contact lenses.

Faux Eyelashes? Let an expert do it.

Eyelash extensions can be used safely if applied by a professional. Whether they are magnetic or glued, false lashes can irritate the sensitive skin around the eyes or dip into the eye and scratch the cornea if not applied well. So if your Halloween party look just can’t do without long sweeping lashes, make sure to have a professional apply them.

If you use a heated eyelash curler:

  • Start with the lowest temperature possible.
  • Be careful not to pull too hard on the lashes.
  • Do not go over the same area multiple times.
  • Avoid using this product if you have sensitive eyes. If you’re unsure if this product is right for you, talk to your ophthalmologist.

More tips to safeguard your eyes:

  • Don’t save any eye makeup for more than three months. Get fresh products to help avoid infection-causing bacteria.
  • Never apply makeup while in a moving vehicle.
  • Remove all eye makeup at night before sleeping. If not removed properly, eye makeup can cause irritation and possibly lead to follicular conjunctivitis.

We hope all you ghouls and goblins will celebrate this spirited fall holiday safely. And remember, Atlantic Eye is here to help you safeguard your precious eye health at all times. Call us with questions or to make an appointment at one of 4 convenient office locations: (732) 222-7373.