Hayden Optometric Inc.
94 N Main St Mansfield MA 02048 +1 508-339-3952
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Is Makeup Bad For Our Eyes?

People have been using makeup to enhance their unique, natural features for thousands of years.

Over the millennia, the priority with these beauty products hasn’t always been health, which might have something to do with the disturbing amount of lead-based powders in the history of makeup. You don’t have to worry about lead in your eyeshadow these days, but that doesn’t mean all modern makeup is good for you — or for your eyes.

Makeup And Our Eyes

Some of the riskiest cosmetics for our eyes are waterline eyeliner (eyeliner that goes on the rim of the eyelid rather than outside the eyelashes), false eyelashes or eyelash extensions, and color contact lenses. All of these increase our chance of developing an eye infection because bacteria can build up on them and transfer to your eyes. This is a danger with mascara as well, as the mascara wand is contaminated from the very first use.

Another thing to be careful of is scratching. An accidental jab from an eyeliner pencil or mascara wand can actually leave scratches on the cornea. Makeup that is flaky, dry, and powdery can also fall into the eye and cause irritation, redness, and swelling.

What You Can Do To Protect Your Eyes

So does all this mean we have to give up eye makeup entirely? Of course not! We just need to be careful around our eyes. Here are a few things you can do to keep your eyes healthy while looking your best:

  • Keep an eye on the expiration dates of your makeup, particularly mascara and eye liner. Old makeup is much more likely to cause infection than new makeup, so keep yours up-to-date!
  • Make sure to use clean brushes to apply your makeup.
  • Avoid putting eyeliner on your waterline. Even if you have a steady hand and never poke yourself in the eye applying it, that’s a lot of foreign material you’re putting right next to your tear film!
  • Never share makeup or applicators. No matter how close you are with your friends, you don’t want bacteria from their mascara wands in your eyes!
  • Only buy color contacts from legitimate vendors that require a prescription. You need this for the unique size and shape of your eyes, even if you don’t wear corrective lenses.

Come To Us For Help

Before you step in front of the mirror to put on your makeup tomorrow morning, make sure your beauty routine isn’t coming at the possible expense of your eye health. If you have any questions about the products you’re using, feel free to bring them along to your next appointment so we can take a look! And if you’ve been experiencing any swelling, redness, or other unpleasant eye symptoms, don’t wait to come see us!

We have the most beautiful patients!

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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94 N Main St
Mansfield, MA 02048

Contact Information

Phone: 508-339-3952
Fax: +1 (508) 339-6907
  • Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday: 9:00am - 6:30pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
  • Thursday: 9:00am - 6:30pm
  • Friday: 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Saturday: 8:30am - 11:30am
  • Sunday: Closed
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Why Choose Hayden Optometric?

Our Brands

Our Brands

Your eyes are unique, and so is your sense of style, which is why selecting your frames and lenses is a very personal choice. Your frames should fit your sense of style, and your lenses should suit your vision needs. Hayden Optometric Inc. is proud to offer a wide variety of brands so that we can help you find the frames and lenses that best suit your needs and style.

We're Revolutionizing Eye Care

We're Revolutionizing Eye Care

Hayden Optometric wants to be a thought leader in the eye health industry. We are always dedicated to making life better for our patients. In fact, our own Dr. Joel Hayden has leveraged his knowledge as an optometrist and nutritionist to develop his own line of eye wipes and fish oil to bolster your eye health.



Dr. Hayden is also the founder of HALT Myopia; the Hayden Advanced Lens Therapy System. Designed for nearsighted kids, HALT Myopia has been called “LASIK for kids,” only without lasers, scalpels, pain, recovery, or risk of overcorrection.

Read more about HALT and other methods of myopia control.

The Future of Eye Health Technology

The Future of Eye Health Technology

We really value innovation. That’s why we rely on some of the most advanced technology available to help us examine, diagnose, and treat all of our patients. When you choose Hayden Optometric, you know you’re getting some of the most state-of-the-art equipment the industry has to offer.

Hayden Optometric is powered by WellFed Nutrition.

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