Eye Care & Dry Eye Treatments
Most eye makeup is formulated specifically for the sensitive eye area and is considered safe to use. But does this apply to those prone to dry eye syndrome?
Do you experience discomfort while wearing eye makeup? Find out whether the problem might be dry eye syndrome and learn what you can do to prevent future irritation.
What is Dry Eye Syndrome?
Dry eye syndrome (DES) is a chronic lack of hydration on the eye’s surface. It occurs when your tear quality or quantity are off-balance, and can lead to symptoms like eye dryness, redness, irritation, watery eyes, light sensitivity and blurred vision.
How Can Eye Makeup Lead to DES?
The surface of your eye is covered by a nourishing layer of tears composed of mucus, oil and water. The production and turnover of the tear film helps keep our eyes feel comfortable and see clearly.
When you wear eye makeup, especially powder or glitters, the loose particles can cause the tear film to break down and evaporate too quickly, leaving your eyes feeling dry and irritated. This usually occurs within 30 minutes of applying your makeup.
Eye makeup can exacerbate symptoms in people who already have DES, or can trigger it in people who don’t. That’s why it’s important to apply your eye makeup in a way that will lessen your symptoms and support a healthy tear film.
Eye Makeup Tips For Those With DES
- Apply lubricating eye drops to each eye about 30 minutes prior to doing your makeup.
- Disinfect your applicators before each use to avoid contamination.
- Apply makeup products to the outside of your eyelashes. Avoid lining the inner rim of your lashes, as this area is very close to the tear film.
- Use a minimal amount of mascara, or simply curl your lashes without mascara for a lifted effect.
- Mascara has the shortest shelf life of all makeup products and should be tossed out 2-3 months after opening to avoid eye infection or clogging the meibomian glands in your eyelids.
- When possible, choose cream-based products and avoid anything containing glitter, even glitter promoted as ‘eye-safe.’
- Never share your eye makeup with anyone.
- Be diligent about thoroughly removing your makeup at the end of the day.
- Never apply eye makeup when your eyes are irritated or red.
With the right care, wearing eye makeup with dry eye syndrome is possible. If your eyes have been giving you any trouble, we can help.
Please don't hesitate to contact Eye Mechanix in Lincoln Park for all your eye care needs.
Q: What’s the best way to remove eye makeup?
- A: Start off by removing the bulk of your eye makeup with a cotton pad or washcloth and oil-free eye makeup remover. Then, use your face cleanser to wash off the rest of your makeup. Once your face and eyes are basically clean, use an eyelid cleansing wipe to remove any leftover makeup particles from your upper and lower lids.
Q: Which lubricating eye drops work best for dry eyes?
- A: From soothing to lubricating to anti-redness drops, the pharmacy is full of different types of eye drops. Your optometrist will help you determine which brand and type will work best for your condition and lifestyle.
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