When Can You Wear Eye Makeup After LASIK?

Eye makeup after Lasik

Why Can’t I Wear Makeup After I Have LASIK?

One of the top questions patients ask about LASIK surgery is how long it will take to get back to their normal routines and activities. Although LASIK is well known for having a quick recovery process, there are some things you’ll need to avoid doing for a bit following surgery. Are you someone who routinely wears makeup? Then you may wonder how long you’ll need to wait before you can wear makeup after LASIK. Before applying makeup, you should consult with the doctor who will be performing your LASIK surgery. They’ll help you decide when the time is right.

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Why You Shouldn’t Wear Eye Makeup After LASIK

It may not be obvious, but applying makeup and mascara after you’ve had LASIK or PRK  can lead to infection. A recent study found that the majority of open, in-use makeup products contained bacteria capable of causing infection [1]. During the period after LASIK when your eyes are healing, you will want to be particularly careful not to expose your eyes to anything that could harm them.  Although you may be very careful with how you put on makeup, a simple slip-up could undo the progress made by your LASIK surgery. Understandably, it might be hard to avoid wearing makeup, especially if you’re used to doing so. 

Luckily, you won’t need to avoid all makeup after LASIK. So long as you avoid getting anything in your eye, there are plenty of makeup options that are safe for use. Below are some examples of types of makeup that are ok to use. 

  • Foundation
  • Blush
  • Lipstick
  • Bronzer

How Long Should You Wait To Wear Makeup After LASIK

Patients who’ve had LASIK should wait at least a week before going back to regular use of eye makeup. However, this timeframe can vary on a case-by-case basis. Some people will be ready after only a few days, while others may take a bit longer. If you know you have an occasion coming up where you’d like to wear eye makeup, you’ll want to hold off on LASIK until after. 

Tips For Wearing Makeup After LASIK

Thinking About Getting LASIK?

Hopefully, reading about how long you’d need to go without eye makeup following LASIK encouraged you to learn more about the surgery. LASIK has helped millions achieve clearer vision and feel better about the way they look without glasses. 

When it’s time to choose where to get your LASIK surgery done, choose the highly skilled surgeons at Clear Choice LASIK in Cleveland, Ohio. Our doctors have performed over 90,000 successful LASIK surgeries. Not sure if LASIK is the right procedure for you? Schedule a free LASIK eye exam at Clear Choice LASIK. For an even more convenient way of finding out, simply take our LASIK self-test here. Even if you are not a candidate, we’ll help you find the right procedure for your needs. 

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