When the eyes get too colorful

The skin around the eyes is particularly sensitive to colorful carnival makeup. The professional association of ophthalmologists gives tips. Colored make up in the next few days and weeks again the fools to drive off the winter. No matter if happy clown or scary witch - the make-up that transforms us should be carefully chosen. It is not unusual for individual ingredients to trigger allergies, be it the synthetic colors themselves or the solvents contained in the cosmetics.

Pay attention to the ingredients of the make-up

Especially the skin around the eyes and the fine skin of the lids is particularly sensitive, it can swell and itch. Often particles of make-up on the surface of the eye, then possibly the conjunctiva affected.

Prof. Dr. Norbert Pfeiffer, director of the University Eye Clinic Mainz and scientific member of the board of the professional association of ophthalmologists advises to pay attention to the indication of the ingredients in the purchase. Unlike drugs, however, the ingredients of cosmetics are not always declarable.

Take care when using make-up

Generally, a suitable make-up is recommended for contact lens wearers. Also, the inner lid edge should not be made up.

If you want to continue using the carnival make-up from last year, you should look carefully: "At the latest when water or oil settle or when the make-up becomes grainy, you have to throw it away, " says Prof. Pfeiffer. Tubes can also contain bacteria and other pathogens.

Treatment of attacked eyes

If the eyes and eyelids become "too colorful", then it is first necessary to remove the make-up gently, fatty colors, for example with the help of a greasy cream. Then cleanse the skin with water and a mild soap. Cold compresses and cold pads on the eyelids and cheeks relieve the symptoms. If the swelling and itching do not decrease, the ophthalmologist may prescribe an antihistamine, in severe cases a cortisone preparation.

Foolish contact lenses only for experienced wearers

From the ophthalmological point of view, caution is advised when contact lenses with special motifs belong to the foolish outfit. "These contact lenses are really only suitable for experienced contact lens wearers, " emphasizes Prof. Pfeiffer. "They are often not visually superior in quality, and the imprinted motif makes the contact lens thicker and less permeable to oxygen, so they are often not as compatible as conventional contact lenses." Even so-called "fun lenses" should be individually adapted by the ophthalmologist.

When it comes to hygiene, there is no difference: "They need to be cleaned just like other contact lenses." Restoring a slightly nontarget or contaminated contact lens can cause serious complications with corneal ulcers that can lead to loss of vision. " In the dark, when the pupils are dilated, some subject lenses may obstruct the vision. Therefore, these lenses should be taken at night driving in any case out of sight.

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