When Can I Wear Makeup After Cataract Surgery? A Guide for Patients

Many patients who have undergone cataract surgery are eager to know when they can start wearing makeup again. Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. The amount of time you should wait before applying makeup will depend on your individual circumstances. However, it is generally recommended that patients wait at least one week before wearing mascara, eye makeup, under-eye concealer, or eye creams.

Additionally, it is important to avoid using makeup applicators, such as brushes and sponges, near the eyes, as they can contain harmful bacteria. You can still moisturize or apply makeup to other areas of your face, but you'll need to keep the cosmetics you're using away from your eyes. It's also important to remember that you should not put on makeup 24 hours before and 2 days to 2 weeks after the operation, depending on your recovery. To ensure a successful outcome after cataract surgery, it is best to consult with your surgeon or optician before resuming your usual beauty routine.

Additionally, it is important to refrain from alcoholic beverages (such as wine, beer, or liquor) for at least 24 hours before cataract surgery. On the day of the procedure, it is best to wear warm, comfortable clothing (avoid high heels) and flat shoes with a good non-slip tread. You will be given a gown to put on your clothes and you will not need to change for the procedure. It is also important to avoid using makeup, perfume or cologne, aftershave, deodorant spray, or hairspray in the surgical center.

Thoroughly remove any traces of these, especially around the eyes, the night before the procedure. Patients usually return to normal activities in a couple of days, but their eyes may have difficulty adapting in the first few hours after cataract surgery. By following these simple recommendations of what you should and shouldn't do before and after cataract surgery, you can help ensure a successful outcome and enjoy clear vision and beautiful makeup results.

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