I always get asked if it’s okay to wear eye makeup to an eye exam. The answer is, unfortunately, no. Here’s why:
Of course you can! Many people wear makeup every day and there’s no reason why you can’t continue to do so for your annual eye exam. However, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure that your appointment goes smoothly.
The Different Types of Eye Exams
An eye exam can help to diagnose a wide range of eye problems, from nearsightedness to cataracts. Depending on your individual needs, your doctor may recommend a certain type of eye exam. Here are some of the most common types of eye exams:
-A comprehensive eye exam is the best way to get a baseline for your overall eye health. This type of exam will check for a wide range of eye problems, including refractive error, cataracts, macular degeneration, and glaucoma.
-A dilated eye exam is often used to get a closer look at the inside of the eye. During this type of exam, your doctor will place drops in your eyes that cause the pupils to dilate ( widen). This allows your doctor to get a better view of the back of the eye and check for any signs of disease or damage.
-A contact lens fitting is an important part of choosing the right contact lenses for your needs. During this type of exam, your doctor will take measurements of your eyes and help you to choose the right type and size of contact lens. You may also be given a trial pair of lenses to wear during this visit.
What to Expect During an Eye Exam
An eye exam is a series of tests performed by an optometrist or ophthalmologist to evaluate your vision and the health of your eyes. The first step in an eye exam is typically assessing your visual acuity, or how well you can see. This usually involves reading an eye chart.
Your doctor will then perform a series of other tests to evaluate the health of your eyes and check for common eye problems, such as glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration. These tests may include:
-checking your pupils for abnormal dilation
-checking for blockages in your tear ducts
-checking the pressure inside your eyes
-checking for signs of retina damage
- measuring the curve of your cornea
After the exam, your doctor will discuss any problems they found and provide you with a prescription for glasses or contact lenses, if needed.
How to Prepare for an Eye Exam
Wearing makeup to an eye exam is not recommended, as it can interfere with the doctor’s ability to get a clear view of your eyes. However, if you must wear makeup, be sure to remove all eye makeup before the exam. mascara, eyeliner, eyeshadow, and other products can obstruct the doctor’s view and make it difficult to get an accurate reading.
Tips for Wearing Eye Makeup During an Eye Exam
While it’s not necessary to wear eye makeup during an eye exam, some patients feel more comfortable with a little bit of mascara or eyeliner. If you do wear makeup, be sure to remove it completely before your exam. Here are a few tips to help you avoid any problems:
-Choose waterproof formulas that won’t run if you sweat during your exam.
-Apply your makeup after you put in your contact lenses. This will help prevent any deposits from getting on your lenses.
-Avoid using any glittery or shimmery eye products. These can reflect light and make it difficult for the doctor to get a clear view of your eyes.
-If you wear contact lenses, be sure to clean them thoroughly before your exam. You may also want to bring a spare pair of glasses to wear during the exam.
How to Remove Eye Makeup After an Eye Exam
It’s important to remove all traces of makeup before an eye exam. Here are some tips on how to do so:
-Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
-Start with clean cloths or cotton balls.
-Use a mild, oil-free makeup remover.
-Soak a cotton ball or cloth in the makeup remover, and gently wipe it over your eyelids and lashes.
-Rinse your eyelids and lashes with cool water.
-Repeat if necessary.
As you can see, there is no need to worry about wearing your eye makeup to an eye exam. However, if you are worried about it, you can always ask the optometrist or technician if they have any concerns.