Makeup After Lasik

How soon after Lasik surgery can I safely wear eye makeup, apply face lotion, and wash my face?

Doctor Answers 4

Our recommendation is 2 weeks post op

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Our recommendation for patients applying makeup is to wait 3 days post op to apply eye makeup.  It is important to be gentle and the most important thing is that you don't rub your eyes for at least 2 months after the LASIK surgery.

Irving Ophthalmologist

Usually within 1 week wearing make-up is no problem.

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Usually within 1 week wearing make-up is no problem.  The real concern is that you don't want to take any chances with an infection.

Christopher Coad, MD
New York Ophthalmologist

Make up After LASIK

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You may wash your face, apply lotions to your face but should avoid any eye make-up for one week after LASIK.  It is important to make sure that your brushes are cleaned and you change your mascara frequently.  After one week, take your make up off gingerly with a solution so you do not rub your eyes.

Sandy Feldman, MD
San Diego Ophthalmologist

Wearing Makeup after LASIK

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In my office we recommend waiting about one week after laser vision correction before wearing eyeliner or mascara. Washing your face or putting moisturizing lotion on can be done within a day of surgery, provided you are careful about rubbing your eyes. I have never had a patient who affected their procedure by applying makeup, however, I am realistic that it could, be careful!

Anthony J. Kameen, MD
Baltimore Ophthalmologist

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