Makeup and Contact Lenses: Tips for Keeping Your Eyes Healthy

If you wear eye makeup and contact lenses, you might trigger significant contact lens and eye health issues if you don’t follow certain guidelines. The following article discusses how you can be sure you’re taking the proper precautions when wearing eye makeup and contact lenses. OptiExpress provides comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings, a gallery of designer frames, and a one-hour onsite lab.

It can be incredibly irritating to get makeup in your eyes, but getting makeup in your eyes while wearing contact lenses is considerably worse. Makeup particles can become stuck to the contacts rather than being washed out via tear production, which can contaminate lenses in addition to being highly uncomfortable. Here are a few tips that can help you make sure your eyes stay moisturized, healthy, and makeup particle-free.

  • Insert your contacts before putting eye makeup on. This helps ensure eyeshadow and other particles don’t accidentally fall into your eye as you put in your lenses. Make sure you wash your hands thoroughly before putting in your contacts to make sure you don’t have any residual skin care products on your fingers when you touch your lenses.

  • Make sure your eye makeup is non-allergenic. Non-allergenic makeup is less irritating to the eyes and is less likely to trigger tearing or other reactions.

  • Avoid loose powdered eyeshadow, if possible. Water-based cream eyeshadow is not only less likely to fall into your eyes, it is less irritating than oil-based pigments.

  • Don’t apply eyeshadow powder with eyes open. If you don’t like cream eyeshadows, make sure you apply your powder shadow with your eye closed. This minimizes the risk of powder particles transferring into your eyes. Use a clean brush to brush any excess powder that may have collected in your eyelashes before opening your eye.

  • Only apply eyeliner to the outside of the eyes. Applying eyeliner to the inner rim of your eye puts your lenses at risk of makeup transfer. Always put eyeliner on the outside eyelash line.

  • Use eye makeup remover after removing your lenses. Carefully take out your lenses after thoroughly washing your hands, and then remove your eye makeup in your normal way.

  • Replace all of your eye makeup every few months. Bacteria can grow in eye makeup products over time, which can lead to an infection if it gets into your contacts. This is especially true of mascara, since it’s in a closed container.

If you think contact lenses could be right for your lifestyle and you live in the South Florida area, please don’t hesitate to visit the team at OptiExpress for a contact lens fitting at our Cape Coral or Ft. Myers locations.

OptiExpress founder Dr. J. Michael Witherington has been one of Ft. Myers’s most respected optometrists for more than twenty years. To book an eye exam at our Ft. Myers or Cape Coral location, please visit our contact page.

Protect Your Eyes at Work – Blue Light-Blocking Lenses Shield Your Eyes from Computer Screen Strain

If your eyes suffer from the strain of staring at your computer screen all day every day, you might want to consider blue light blocking lenses. These lenses filter out the blue light contained in the LED lights of smartphones, tablets, TVs, and computer screens that can lead to eye strain and even inhibited sleep. OptiExpress offers comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings, a gallery of designer frames, and a one-hour onsite lab.

If your eyes feel fatigued and strained after staring at your computer screen for several consecutive hours, your eyes are likely responding to the prolonged blue light exposure. Extended exposure to blue light waves from smartphones, tablets, computers, TVs, and light bulbs can lead to headaches, insomnia, and vision blurriness, among other symptoms. If you work in front of a computer screen, you might want to consider blue light blocking glasses to mitigate the effects.

But what are blue light blocking glasses, anyway?

Blue light blocking glasses are the safest, most reliable method for protecting your eyes against consistent exposure to the blue light from your computer screen, digital devices, and light bulbs. These glasses are constructed using a type of lens material coated with a filtering agent that deflects and absorbs blue light waves.

Blue light filters aren’t found on standard glasses or sunglasses, but you can opt to add this feature when you get a new prescription, or you can purchase blue light blocking glasses even if you don’t require vision correction.

Long-Term Effects of Blue Light

While there are several short-term symptoms of blue light exposure like digital eyestrain, long-term blue light exposure can lead to ocular complications that can be serious. Macular degeneration and retinal damage may be the most severe complications, but other concerns include:

  • Sleep loss and sleep loss-related illnesses
  • Dry eyes
  • Migraines
  • Blurred vision

Although dry eyes seem like a relatively minor annoyance, the condition can make the eyes vulnerable to infections that may endanger vision.

Blue light blocking glasses provide between 50 and 100 percent blue light protection, and also filter out dangerous UV rays. By filtering out these light waves, you can protect your eyes from their degenerative effects, and also improve your concentration and sleep patterns, which can enhance job performance. If you think your ability to function effectively is impacted by your exposure to blue light, visit your local eye care center and ask if blue light glasses could be right for you.

OptiExpress founder Dr. J. Michael Witherington has been Ft. Myers’s leading optometrist for more than two decades. To schedule an eye exam at our Ft. Myers or Cape Coral location, please visit our contact page.

Spring-Forward With Funky New Glasses: Five Fabulous Styles for the Season

If you’re bored with your frames, never fear – OptiExpress offers fun, funky, and fabulous designer eyewear that will give your style a spring awakening! OptiExpress offers comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings, a gallery of designer frames, and a one-hour onsite lab.

Spring is almost here – isn’t it time for a fresh new wardrobe? Of course, if you can’t afford to splurge on a closet full of new clothes, you can probably freshen up your frames! Here are some fashion-forward eyewear ideas that will wake up your look this season.

  1. Throwback style. Everything old is new again! Vintage eye wear doesn’t mean stodgy and old – it’s eyewear that’s inspired by a classic look but has a fresh new feel. Square lenses are a bold and brassy statement, particularly with fun, brightly colored frames! Christian Dior and Chanel offer seriously funky square frames.

  2. Browline glasses. Browline glasses are fantastic for both casual wear and office professional. They’re bold and funky when paired with denim or leather, but they’re all business when matched with a highly tailored suit. Armani Exchange and Ray-Ban offer high-style browline options.

  3. Oversized frames. Call them granny glasses if you want; oversized frames are high-glamour, and they’re incredibly chic when paired with a springtime sarong or a Marrakech-inspired caftan. Coach offers beautiful lavender-framed eyewear options that make any wardrobe look Rivera-ready.

  4. Round glasses. Another fantastic style option for women who want to go boho when the weather gets warm. Round glasses give the wearer a soft look – Elie Saab round frames are simultaneously elegant and future-forward.

  5. Aviator glasses. Aviators are always the epitome of cool. The traditional wire frame never goes out of style, but tortoiseshell frames are undeniably current. Ray-Ban aviators are timeless classics.

If you’re looking for designer frames to spice up your spring look, OptiExpress offers a gallery of beautiful and stylish eyewear from Dolce and Gabbana, Gucci, Ray-Ban, Calvin Klein, Versace, and many more.

OptiExpress founder Dr. J. Michael Witherington has been Ft. Myers’s leading optometrist for more than two decades. To schedule an eye exam at our Ft. Myers or Cape Coral location, please visit our contact page.

New to Contact Lenses? Here Are a Few Things to Consider

Many people who need vision correction prefer contact lenses to standard glasses for their improved field of vision and overall convenience. If you’re considering becoming a contact convert, here are a few things you should know. OptiExpress offers comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings, a gallery of designer frames, and a one-hour onsite lab.

If you are one of the 160 million Americans who require vision correction, being fitted for contact lenses for the first time can be simultaneously nerve-wracking and exciting. Both contact lenses and traditional glasses significantly improve vision, many people prefer wearing contact lenses, and for good reason. Once you wear contact lenses, you no longer have to worry about breaking or losing your glasses. You won’t have to worry about which frame shape is flattering to your face. If you are prone to breakouts, you won’t have to worry about the glasses frames rubbing against your skin and triggering flare-ups. There are numerous reasons why contacts are considered a lifestyle improvement.

However, wearing contact lenses doesn’t mean you can now get rid of your glasses forever – there will be occasions where wearing glasses will be necessary, even though contact lenses can correct a broad scope of vision issues.

Your Optometrist Appointment

You can only get properly fitted for contact lenses by an optometrist. All eyes are different sizes and slightly different shapes, and even if your eyeglasses prescription is still accurate, you will still need to be retested, since the contact lens exams differ from standard eye exams.

Contact lenses can correct numerous deficiencies in vision, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia (age-related deterioration of near vision).

During your appointment, discuss your lifestyle goals with your new contact lenses. Will you want to wear them every day, or only for particular occasions, such as when you perform particular work duties, or on special occasions? These factors allow your optometrist to determine which contact lens material will be the best option for you, since different needs require different types of lenses and replacement schedules.

Contact Lens Care

Keeping your contacts sterile and lubricated is essential to maintaining the integrity of the lenses and reducing the likelihood of complications. Again, this is something that must be discussed with your eye care professional, since your lifestyle will dictate the type of lens that is most appropriate. If you don’t believe you’ll be able to clean your lenses every night, disposable lenses may be a better option.

Regardless of which type of contact lenses you decide is right for you, always follow the advice and care guidelines set forth by your eye care professional. If you take fastidious care of your lenses and your ocular health, you’ll be seeing clearly for years to come.

OptiExpress founder Dr. J. Michael Witherington has been Ft. Myers’s leading optometrist for more than two decades. To schedule an eye exam at our Ft. Myers or Cape Coral location, please visit our contact page.