In the dry winter months, use
an oil-free moisturizer and avoid using hand creams or lotions
before handling contacts since they can leave a film on your
lenses. Also, keep false eyelash adhesive, nail polish and remover,
perfume, and cologne away from lenses because they can damage
Hairspray should be used before
putting in contacts. If used while they are in, close your eyes
during spraying, and for a few seconds afterwards. Put on soft
contact lenses before applying makeup.
Be mindful of new apparel or
even new fragrances or perfumes. Certain fabrics -- like that
new holiday sweater -- can cause an eye irritation or an allergic
reaction. Without knowing it, you might touch the new fabric
and then rub your eyes. An allergic reaction can cause red, irritated
Over-the-counter eye drops can
sometimes be overused for bloodshot, weary eyes. See your eye
care professional to determine an appropriate course of treatment.
For dry eyes with contacts,
take rewetting drops to your next party. They will help as the
night wears on, especially if you are reveling in a particularly
Resist the urge to quickly moisten
your lenses with saliva or bottled water if they become dry or
uncomfortable. Either one may contain bacteria that could lead
to an infection.
Too many parties and not enough
sleep? Cold packs applied under the eyes or witch hazel applied
to puffiness around the eyes may reduce swelling.