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Old Mascara Can Be Harmful To Your Eyes

How old is that mascara? Do you know? Most of us don’t worry much about makeup expiration dates. But eye makeup is a notorious breeding ground for potentially harmful bacteria.

Potential Bacterial Infections Like Styes or Pinkeye

Eyelashes naturally have bacteria on them. Your mascara wand is infected as soon as you use it! Bacteria thrives in the dark, moist environment of your mascara tube. Although many cosmetics contain preservatives that slow bacterial growth, over time bacteria will accumulate.

This can lead to bacterial infections like styes or pinkeye. You also risk fungal infections and general irritation. Most problems caused by makeup contamination are minor and temporary. However, these infections can progress into vision-threatening conditions.

Be Aware Of Expiration Dates

Three or four months after opening, mascara should be discarded and replaced, no matter how much is left in the tube! And remember, most safety rules for mascara also apply to your liquid liner.
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7 Ways To Avoid Makeup-Related Eye Problems

  1. Replace mascara every 3–4 months, or earlier if you notice clumping, or any change in texture, color, or smell.
  2. Buy travel size options if you’re not using full-size tubes in 3–4 months.
  3. Don’t share mascara with others!
  4. Mark the date that you opened the tube with a marker.
  5. After any kind of eye infection, replace all your old eye makeup.
  6. Store your makeup in a cool, dry place.
  7. Only use one tube of mascara at a time.

Healthy Eyes Are Beautiful Eyes

Being makeup smart is important for your overall eye health. Let us know if you ever have any questions about your eye health and habits. Your healthy vision is important to us!

Thanks for your trust in our practice.

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94 N Main St
Mansfield, MA 02048

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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.

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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.

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