How Eye Makeup Can Cause Vision Damage

Eye makeup is worn my millions of women around the world. Without even thinking about it, women put on makeup every morning just like they put on pants. But, could your eye makeup be detrimental to your eyes?

Some studies suggest yes, that eye makeup can cause serious harm to your vision. However, most optometrists agree that if wear the makeup safely, then your eyes will be perfectly fine. Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind when applying eye makeup.

Throw Out the Old and Bring in the New

As much as you might love your perfect shade of eye shadow, or your perfect clump-free mascara, if your makeup products are more than a year old, then they need to be trashed. Over time, makeup can become a wonderful environment for bacteria to grow and prosper. Not only is it often store in a dark, cool place, but it also contains ingredients that certain bacteria can use to grow.

Eye makeup should be thrown out each year, and mascara should be thrown away whenever it begins drying up. If you have to re-wet your mascara with water, then it is too old and could contain bacteria. If you don’t throw out your old makeup, the bacteria can be introduced into your eyes and cause infections, abrasions and even slight vision damage if the problems persist.

Don’t Share

Never share makeup, especially eye makeup. Every person’s eyes and face contain a different level of normal bacterial flora. If you share with a friend or a family member, then their normal flora will be introduced to your makeup. The bacteria will then travel to your eyes whenever you apply your makeup next, and could cause eye issues. Keep your makeup to yourself, and never share in order to keep your eyes healthy.

Never Use Products on the Inside of Your EyesHow Eye Makeup Can Cause Vision Damage

In order to enhance the appearance and size of their eyes, some women feel the need to place eyeliner on the inside of their bottom eyelid. This is extremely dangerous, and should always be avoided. For one, you could accidentally slip and pierce or rub your eye, and cause undue damage, which could lead to vision issues. Secondly, if your eyeliner runs throughout the day, then it will likely get inside of your eye. This could cause infections and general irritation in your eyes.

Avoid Glitter

Glitter was huge in the 80s, but thankfully today it has gone by the wayside. Unless you’re a teenager preparing for prom or a pageant, then you probably don’t use glitter anymore. However, if you do, then you should be aware that the glitter particles can cause major irritation in your eyes, and even cause corneal abrasions. So, step away from the glitter, and leave the 80s behind!

I hope you enjoyed these few tips about eye makeup. Remember throw out the old and bring in the new.

About the Author

Tyler Sorensen is the President and CEO of Rebuild Your Vision. Formerly, Tyler studied Aeronautics with the dreams of becoming an airline pilot, however, after 9/11 his career path changed. After graduating top of his class with a Bachelor of Science degree in Informational Technologies and Administrative Management, he and his brother decided to start Rebuild Your Vision in 2002. With the guidance of many eye care professionals, including Behavioral Optometrists, Optometrists (O.D.), and Ophthalmologists (Eye M.D.), Tyler has spent over a decade studying the inner workings of the eye and conducting research.

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11 responses to “How Eye Makeup Can Cause Vision Damage”

  1. Beth says:

    Great, but what about removing the makeup; some products burn when you take mascara off. Can you recommend a way–or a product– to safely remove eye makeup?



    • charlene says:

      Avon affective eye makeup remover and on a Q-tip

    • Kirra says:

      Coconut oil! I use my fingers to warm it, spread it on my eyes, let it sit for 30 seconds or so, then wipe with toilet paper. No residue!

      Olive oil works just as well (actually, just about any oil does; I just prefer the benefits of cold-pressed, virgin coconut and olive oils).

    • Ephraim says:

      Don’t forget castor oil, too. It’s also good because it is known as a remedy for eye inflammation and blepharitis. Better still, forget the make-up!

  2. Anonymous says:

    i had a lasik surgery done recently.. i use lakme iconic kajal pencil n loreal makeup removre.. however i got a thin film of oil on my eyes making my vision blur. can anyone suggest water based eye makeup n makeup remover?

  3. dunno says:

    I’m soooo scared I just accidentally put ishadow IN MY EYE

  4. sue says:

    I too have been looking for alternative eye make up remover because they he conventional products always leave my vision blurred after use.

    Will try olive oil or coconut oil.

  5. Michiko Sasaki says:

    Anyone know of Natural/Organic makeup? Ive done research on how most makeup have chemically toxic ingredients and lots of these ingredients have lead or can lead to cancer. Nobody ever thinks about these things, and with cancer being one of the leading deaths, we must all be so careful of what we are exposing our bodies to everyday. So if anyone knows any Natural Organic makeup that doesn’t cost a fortune, please let me know! Thank you!

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