New Study Suggests Eyeliner May Cause Vision Problems

Eyeliner is praised around the world for being a must-have in a woman’s makeup bag, but is this cosmetic product dangerous to your eyes?

A new study, published in the Eye and Contact Lens journal, found that applying eyeliner on your inner lash line may put you at risk for infections or other vision-related problems. The study found that when eyeliner was applied to an individual’s inner lash line, 15 to 30 percent more particles entered the tear film (the protective coating on the eye) when compared to the outer lash line.

The kinds of vision problems that were reported when liner entered the tear film ranged from minor discomfort to blurred vision to serious eye infections. It was also found that individuals who wore contact lenses were more likely to notice vision-related problems when applying eyeliner to their lower lash lines.

Solutions for Avoiding Vision-Related Problems Associated with Eyeliner

If you aren’t ready to stop using eyeliner on your inner lid, not to worry. There are a couple of tips you can follow to reduce the risk of developing eye infections while still getting the same inner-lid look:

  • Use a cream pencil instead of a kohl. Cream pencils don’t contain the harmful heavy metals that kohl eyeliners use.
  • Avoid metallic or glitter liner. Not using these types of eyeliner pencils will prevent flecks of metallic or glitter from getting into your eye and causing infections.
  • Sharpen your eyeliner pencil before application. Sharpening your eyeliner pencil before you use it on your inner lid and keeping your sharpener clean on a regular basis will keep it free of bacteria.

Want to learn more about how to avoid eye infections when using eyeliner? Contact Raleigh Eye Center today –– our eye care specialists look forward to answering all of your questions.