As a beauty junkie, I couldn’t live without my contacts. I love my glasses, but contacts allow me to experiment with my makeup and express my true self. It’s clear that I’m not the only one who feels this way about their contacts. A survey from conducted by ACUVUE Brand Contact Lenses shows that 84% of Millennials agree that their contacts have enabled them to express their real selves.
In my case, makeup allows me to define my identity. However, as a regular makeup user, my contact lenses tend to go through a lot of abuse. I’m constantly getting makeup residue on my lenses. I also tend to take them out without washing my hands first. After experiencing so major irritation in my one eye, I started to wonder if I was mishandling my contacts. I reached out Dr. Weslie Hamada of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care to get answers. According to Dr. Hamada, there are actually three things you should never do if you wear contacts:
- Using old or expired makeup: This is a huge no-no that many of use are guilty of doing. Not only is expired makeup ineffective, but it’s also bad for your eyes. Old makeup carries bacteria that can get trapped in your contact lenses and aggravate issues such as eye infections and irritation. Find out how to tell if you makeup is expired here.
- Sleeping, showering, or swimming in your contacts: Water from your shower or the swimming pool can expose you to bacteria that can lead to an eye infection. As for sleeping in your contacts, studies have shown that there’s a 10-15 percent increase in the rate of infections in people who sleep in lenses versus people who remove their lenses at night.
- “Over-wearing” your contact lenses: Never wear your lenses longer than prescribed. So if you wear one-day lenses, you should only wear them for one day and then throw them out at night. You’d never wear dirty underwear for more than a day (I hope), and the same logic applies to your contact lenses.
You need to take proper care of your contacts in order to avoid serious health risks. Be sure to always wash your hands before handling your contacts and follow Dr. Hamada’s three rules to avoid eye infections and irritation. These easy tips will allow you to wear your contacts (and tons of makeup) without worrying.