Mascara – How long after cataract surgery can I wear mascara?

During cataract surgery an incision will be made in your eye. This incision, until properly healed, can allow bacteria, dust and other foreign bodies that could cause infection to enter your eye. As such, it’s really important that you take care of your eye exactly as your surgeon advises, to ensure you minimise the risk of getting infected or developing other complications following your cataract surgery.

One common question regarding post-surgery eye-care is, ‘how soon can I wear mascara and other makeup again?’

It will usually be advised that you don’t wear any mascara, eye makeup, eye creams, lotions or moisturisers for at least 2 weeks following your cataract surgery. This may differ slightly dependent on your individual circumstances, though, so it’s always best to ensure you ask your surgeon or optometrist for any advice of this sort, and they will give you guidance that’s tailored specifically to you.

Furthermore, makeup and makeup application products – brushes etc – are known to harbour various harmful bacteria. Resultantly, it’s wise to purchase new products and tools prior to your cataract surgery, and, leave them unused and unopened until you’re able to wear makeup again, then throw away your old products and begin to use the new, unopened ones.

It’s also worth noting that it’s advisable not to wear any eye makeup for at least 24 hours before your cataract surgery is due to take place. You should also refrain from wearing any perfumes or aftershaves on the day of your surgery, and, ensure that any eyelash extensions are removed; and not replaced until at least 2 months after surgery.

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