What type of make-up is best for contact lens wearers?
An increasing number of cosmetics companies aim to make their products more suitable for those with sensitive eyes and skin. There are a few things you should look out for on make-up labels to see if they’re suitable for contact lens wearers. Ideally, they should be hypoallergenic, oil-free, fragrance-free and ophthalmologically tested. We’ve broken down each of these factors and explained why they’re important. Hypoallergenic
Hypoallergenic is a term used to describe products that claim to induce fewer or less severe allergic reactions. While it isn’t guaranteed that you won’t suffer an allergic reaction at all, the risk is much lower than with most other products.Oil-free
Products containing oils can easily block pores and glands. For people who suffer from swollen eyes, in particular, this can be a problem. Blepharitis, for example, is the result of swollen glands. Make-up containing oils can aggravate these conditions. If you are using cream eye shadows for example, make sure they are water-based.Fragrance-free
Whether natural or synthetic, fragrances have a tendency to cause irritation for all skin types, particularly to the eye area, which is very sensitive. Most products wouldn’t have a very pleasing smell if they were fragrance-free, hence why many cosmetics companies include them as ingredients. There are alternative ingredients and processes that may eliminate this, but most companies prefer to add fragrance to please consumers.Ophthalmologically tested
Ophthalmologically tested make-up is made to be non-irritating to the eyes. A group of human participants are usually given the products to use over a number of weeks and any reactions are monitored. If no irritations arise, the product is deemed suitable for use around the eyes.Fibre-free and non-waterproof mascaras
It's best to stay clear of fibre or 'lash extending' mascaras as they can form micro flakes which can get into your eyes. Waterproof mascaras are also a bad idea if you wear contact lenses as they can stain your lenses and can't be rinsed out with water.