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Makeup Advice for Contact Wearers from your Costa Mesa, CA Eye Care Practitioner

If you use contact lenses certain precautions should be taken when applying cosmetics. Below are some basic pointers for ways to be sure you keep your eyes attractive and healthy.

Which Makeup Are the Safest for your Eyes?

First and foremost, eye care professionals strongly suggest you use only cosmetics that are oil and fragrance free. In addition, to prevent peeling or smearing, which could result in bothering your contacts, buy waterproof mascara and eyeliner. Finally it's important to switch makeup used around your eyes frequently - ideally mascara every month, liners after 3 months and shadows every six months.

How to Safely Apply Cosmetics

Be certain to wash your hands prior to inserting your lenses. Put on all eye makeup with care so you won't damage your contacts. Don't apply a brush or liner to the inside eye lid and start mascara at the center of the eyelashes as opposed to the bottom near the lid. Never let another use your makeup or apply when the eyes are swollen or irritated.

In addition to taking off eye makeup every day try to be proactive and avoid wearing contacts when you are aware you will be using chemicals such as those used for dying hair or in a beauty salon.

Taking proper care in applying cosmetics during lens use can avoid red, itchy or inflamed eyes and damage to lenses.

If your eyes become red or infected don't use any cosmetics around the eyes. Feel free to contact your eye care practitioner if you experience any redness, discomfort, or itchiness. Our Costa Mesa, CA eye doctor can help you with any contact lens problems that are troubling you.


COVID-19 has been and continues to be an ongoing trial for all of us. During this unforeseen time, we ask kindly for your understanding and compliance to the CDC guidelines. In order to decrease the chances of contraction, we are allowing only one parent to accompany their child during the examination. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

We also want to inform you of the new additional symptoms of COVID-19 that have been added to the previous symptoms as potential indicators of having COVID-19:

New symptoms:             Congestion/runny nose

Previous symptoms:       Headache
                                            Dry cough
                                            Shortness of breath
                                            Sore throat
                                            Muscle/body aches
                                            New loss of taste or smell

Please be aware that a person does not have to have all of these symptoms but anyone or multiple symptoms can be an indicator of having COVID-19. If you or any family members are experiencing any of the above symptoms, we kindly ask that you reschedule your appointment and contact yourprimary care provider. It is best to reschedule your appointment with us after being symptom-free for14 days.

We at South Coast Optometry truly appreciate each and every one of you as a person and value your trust in us to take care of your most precious eyes. As always, we will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation and communicate any and all changes through our website, Again, we truly appreciate your understanding and support during this unprecedented time and look forward to seeing everyone soon!


Dr. Daniel E. Quon, O.D., and The Entire South Coast Optometry Team!!!


Until further notice, we are only seeing essential care patients. Our hours are:
Monday: 10:00 AM to 7:00PM
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Friday: 10:00AM to 6:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

We now offer TeleHealth consultations, Call (714) 540-2020 to schedule a time
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