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Posted on 12-21-2017

Can Cosmetics Damage Your Eyes?

While makeup can enhance and showcase the eyes, it can also cause damage to the eye that may result in long-term issues. Learn more about the risks and damage caused by using make-up in the eye area.

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The Waterline

A recent trend in a fashionable application is the applying of eyeliner to the waterline of the eye. The waterline is the rim of the eyelid, just above the eyelashes. This can result in particles from the eyeliner making their way to the eyeball where it sits in the film that covers the cornea. It has been proven that the eyeliner gets into the eye, creating more of a breeding ground for infection and basic irritation. 

Eyelash Extensions and False Eyelash Glue

Eyelash extensions are single fibers that are glued individually to the eyelid. The glue used during the process can cause an allergic reaction which results in the eyelid swelling so the eye can't open fully. 

False eyelash glue can cause an allergic reaction which results in tenderness, swelling, a reddening of the eyelid, or other symptoms. It can also result in the natural eyelashes falling out. 

Cosmetic Contact Lenses

Cosmetic lenses, sometimes called costume lenses, come in varied sizes, shapes, and colors and can be used to enhance a costume or provide an alternate color for everyday use. Normal contact lenses are medical devices that are manufactured with safety measures that prevent the lenses from harming the eye. However, cosmetic lenses can scratch the eyeball, leading to infection or even a loss of sight.

Get Your Eye Exam in Port St. Lucie with Our Optometrist Today

We want to help you protect your vision so much that we provide free eye exams to get the process started. Come see us, the office of Dr. Durante at Cohen's Fashion Optical, for a free eye exam and eyeglasses that start at $20. Make us your Port St. Lucie eye doctor.

Call for an appointment at (772) 217-4575 or come see us at Treasure Coast Square Mall.

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