Make-up after LASIK surgery: When can you wear mascara after LASIK?

The average person uses mascara every day. It has become part of most people’s daily beauty routine. So, when you have to suddenly stop using it, it can be a bit of an adjustment. One of the most common questions we get asked by patients is “when can I start wearing mascara again after LASIK?”

The answer is you have to wait for 1 week.

Why can’t you wear mascara immediately after LASIK?

LASIK is a type of refractive surgery that uses a laser to correct vision. It is a very safe and effective procedure that has helped millions of people see clearly. However, like all surgeries, there are some risks involved. One of the risks is infection.

To reduce the risk of infection, you need to avoid touching your eyes for at least the first week after surgery. This means no makeup and no mascara. This is because bacteria can easily enter through your tear ducts and cause an infection. Even if you are careful not to touch your eyes, there is still a risk that bacteria will enter through your tears.

So, it is important to give your eyes a chance to heal properly before using any kind of cosmetics.

When can you start wearing mascara after LASIK?

Most people can start wearing mascara again about a week after their surgery. However, it is important to wait until your surgeon gives you the green light before using any kind of makeup or cosmetics around your eyes.

During your post-operative appointments, your surgeon will check to make sure that your eyes are healing properly and that there is no sign of infection. Once they determine that it is safe for you to start wearing makeup again, they will let you know.

It is also important to remember that you should only use hypoallergenic products until your eyes are fully healed. This means avoiding any kind of makeup or cosmetics that contain chemicals or dyes that could irritate your eyes.

If you are considering LASIK, it is important to know that you will have to go without mascara for at least a week after the surgery. This may seem like a long time, but reducing the risk of infection is necessary. Once your eyes have had time to heal properly, you can start using hypoallergenic makeup and cosmetics again. Always consult with your surgeon before using any makeup or cosmetic around your eyes after LASIK surgery.

For more information please book a free assessment.

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Dr. Bennett Chotiner
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Dr. Bennett Chotiner is the founder and medical director of Memorial Eye Institute. A noted innovator, in 1977 he established his clinical practice, the Pennsylvania Eye Associates. In 1984, he established the Pennsylvania Eye Surgery Center, Pennsylvania’s first …

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M.D., F.A.C.S.


Erik Chotiner, M.D. diagnoses and treats a wide range of medical eye conditions. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Franklin and Marshall College. Dr. Chotiner attended Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia where he received multiple awards including the Physiology Prize for …

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