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Can You Wear Eyelash Extensions with Contact Lenses?


Eyelash extensions are a cosmetic procedure that enhances the length and thickness of natural eyelashes. Are eyelash extensions safe to wear with contact lenses? Let’s look into it.

Is it not advised to get eyelash extensions if you wear contacts?

Procedures that concern eyes require professionalism and precision: during the eyelash extension procedure, a specialist works very close to your eyes. Ophthalmologists warn to be careful with these types of services, but they don’t forbid them, just stress that you should go to a qualified specialist who uses high-quality materials.

Can you wear contacts during the procedure?

This depends on the type of your contact lenses. Disposable lenses can be worn during the service. Extended wear contacts should be removed and kept in a special solution. After the procedure, it’s better to wear glasses, as your eyelids should not come in contact with liquids, including the contact lens solution.

What lenses to wear during the eyelash extension procedure?

It’s better to go with disposable lenses. It’s safer to do the procedure in them than in extended wear contacts or without any lenses at all, as stray particles of glue will land on the lens and won’t get to the eye.

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Eyelash extensions and contacts lenses: Are there any contraindications?

The list of contraindications to eyelash extensions is the same for everyone, regardless of their visual acuity:

  • infections of the mucous membrane of the eye: conjunctivitis, blepharitis, iridocyclitis, keratitis, etc.;
  • hordeolum (stye), chalazion;
  • demodicosis;
  • neoplasms in the area;
  • hormonal disorders;
  • сontact dermatitis, severe psoriasis;
  • individual intolerance to components and materials used in the procedure.

What are the risks?

As a rule, negative consequences are observed in clients of inexperienced specialists who don’t do the procedure properly.

Here are some common complications:

  • An injury to the eyelid with tweezers. In this case, it’s not advised to wear contacts, as the injury will heal longer and the risk of infection will increase.
  • Infection. This can happen if your specialist doesn’t disinfect and sterilize their tools properly. The tools should be sterilized in pouches in a special cabinet. Every pouch should be opened in front of a client right before the procedure.
  • Allergies to glues and solvents. Common symptoms include reddening and swelling of the mucous membrane of the eye, itching, stinging, and watery eyes.
  • Chemical burns. The glue can come in contact with the eye and burn it.
  • Damaged hair follicles. If you wear eyelash extensions without intervals between procedures, your own lashes get weaker and may start falling out.

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How to prepare for eyelash extensions?

Here’s what you should take into account:

  • Make sure that you don’t have any contraindications;
  • Pick a salon and specialist with care;
  • Do an allergy test;
  • Decide on the look you want to achieve;
  • Don’t forget to bring a container where you can put your contacts during the procedure;
  • Study the aftercare rules.

What does eyelash extension aftercare involve?

To maintain the longevity of your lash extensions and avoid issues, take into account these dos and don’ts:

  • put in and remove your contacts without touching the lashes;
  • don’t let the eyelids come in contact with water for 12-14 hours after the procedure;
  • don’t use products for eyes with oils;
  • don’t rub your eyes;
  • don’t apply oily creams to your eyelids;
  • brush your eyelashes regularly;
  • do timely touch ups.

Key Questions

Will eyelash extensions fall out if you wear contacts?

No, they won’t. Still, contact lens wearers will have to get touch ups more often than others as eyelashes are frequently disturbed and lose their original look faster.

Tip: If you have just started wearing contact lenses, learn to put in and remove them easily beforehand and only then make an appointment for eyelash extensions.

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Can eyelash extensions cause dry eye syndrome?

This is a common myth. Thick eyelashes cannot make the mucous membrane dry. Contact lenses are far more likely to cause dryness. To be sure, consult with a doctor.

Do eyelash extensions affect visual acuity?

Visual acuity has nothing to do with eyelash extensions. If the procedure is done incorrectly and the length or angle of extensions is wrong, it can only lessen the field of vision.

Will glue crumble and fall on contacts?

A professional specialist, who follows all the rules and uses high-quality materials, will make sure that not a single particle of glue gets into their client’s eyes.

What volume is best for contact lens wearers?

If you’ve decided to wear both contact lenses and eyelash extensions, opt for partial (extensions in the corners of the eye), classic (1:1 ratio of natural lashes and extensions), or 2D (2:1 ratio) extensions. 3D extensions will make your eyelid substantially heavier, making it more difficult to put in and remove contacts.

Related story: Eyelash Extensions: What Volume, Length, and Effect to Choose?

What to do if your eyelids itch after eyelash extensions?

Itching along the eyelash line can be caused by a chemical burn, increased sensitivity of this area, allergy, or if the extensions are attached too close to the edge of the eyelid. A wrong choice of contact lenses can also result in itching. If you have such a complaint, visit a doctor as soon as possible.

Can you use eye drops if you wear eyelash extensions?

Try not to use eye drops in the first 12-14 hours after the procedure: you should avoid getting your new extensions wet. After that, you can use eye drops.

So, can contact lens wearers get eyelash extensions? Ophthalmologists don’t forbid it. If the procedure is done properly, it is painless, safe, doesn’t affect your eyesight, and is allowed for everyone.

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