Can I Wear Makeup After Cataract Surgery?

Can I Wear Makeup After Cataract Surgery?

Makeup & Cataract Surgery

During cataract surgery recovery, patients should avoid wearing makeup. But how long should you wait after cataract surgery to start wearing makeup again?

There is no set rule for how long you should wait, but Dr. Lipstock recommends patients avoid makeup entirely for at least two weeks after surgery. You may need to wait even longer to apply eye makeup. Since eyes heal at different speeds, always ask your doctor before applying even minimal makeup after surgery.

Why can’t you wear makeup after surgery?

Doctors realize that wearing makeup is an important part of many people’s daily routine, and it’s difficult to stop wearing it completely. So why do doctors insist on avoiding makeup after eye surgery? Getting makeup particles or even tap water in the eye increases your risk of infection, so you must take extra precautions post-surgery. By waiting two or more weeks to apply makeup, you give your eyes a chance to heal and reduce chance of infection. Also Dr. Lipstock usually uses a tiny incision that requires no stitches. When you remove the makeup or for any other reasons you should be careful not to press on the eye itself for the first several weeks after surgery.

New Makeup Shopping

Once you’re cleared by your doctor to wear makeup again, you’ll likely want to purchase new makeup as a further precaution against infection. Bacteria builds up in makeup as it ages and can cause eye infections. While you’re at it, don’t forget to clean your brushes, which also hold bacteria!

To learn more about cataract surgery recovery or vision correction surgery, contact Lipstock LASIK & Cataract Center today.

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