I personally love wearing contacts and even had to transition from glasses to contact lenses because of the comfort factor.
However, many eyelash extension wearers might ask themselves if they can wear contacts with lash extensions. In order to preserve your extensions for as long as possible, anything that can come in contact with your eye area is a fair question (mascara, glasses, curler, etc).
So, can you wear contact lenses with eyelash extensions?
Contacts are safe to be worn with eyelash extensions, just not during the lash appointment. it is recommended to remove contacts during the application of eyelashes to reduce dryness in the eyes. When putting in or removing contacts, avoid touching the extensions for greater longevity.
In this article, we will cover the reasons why it is recommended to remove contacts during a lash appointment. Moreover, we will discuss how to put in or remove contacts when you wear eyelash extensions.
Wearing Contacts While Getting Eyelash Extensions
While getting eyelash extensions during your appointment, you will be required to keep your eyes closed at all times. Keeping your eyes closed prevents the lash adhesive or fumes from the adhesive from penetrating your eyes.
With their eyes closed and because of the relaxing environment, most of my clients actually fall asleep during their lash appointment!
So how does this relate to contact lenses?
Sleeping with contacts is notoriously bad. Several studies have demonstrated the adverse effects of sleeping with contact lenses.
Let’s find out why.
Why You Shouldn’t Sleep With Contacts
A cornea in good health requires two important elements to function: moisture and oxygen.
Because contact lenses lay on the surface of your eyes, they limit the amount of oxygen and moistures they can get.
When you sleep with contacts, the limitation of oxygen and moisture is accentuated, thus further increasing your risks of eye infection. According to WebMD, sleeping with contacts increases your risk of developing eye infection by 6 to 8 times.
The most common eye infection is called keratitis. Keratitis is inflammation of the cornea (the transparent layer that covers the iris).
Eye infections can present with the following symptoms:
- Dry sensation in and around the eyes
- Eye redness
- Itchiness and pain on or around the eyes.
- Blurry vision
- Discharge from the eyes
- Light sensitivity
Because I am aware of these risks, I always recommend my clients to remove their contacts prior to the appointment. Some still decide to keep them on and I respect their choice.
Removing Your Contacts for the Appointment
What if you need your contacts on just to get to your appointment? We wouldn’t want you to be in danger with a blurry vision, or even worse, go to the wrong lash salon! 😉
Once you get to your salon for your lash appointment, your lash stylist will ask you if you prefer to remove your contacts. Many salons provide their customers with eye drops and a disposable case if you don’t have the equipment on you.
Before removing your contacts, it is recommended to wash your hands in order to remove dirt and oils that could potentially make your eyes uncomfortable during the appointment.
Another option is to remove your contacts at home prior to the appointment and come with glasses that can be stored easily.
Wearing Contacts After a Lash Appointment
You can safely put your contacts back after your lash appointment is completed. Most clients have no issue whatsoever and don’t experience discomfort when wearing contacts with eyelash extensions.
How to Put In or Take Out Contacts With Eyelash Extensions
One of the most basic recommendations to keep your eyelash extensions longer is to simply leave them alone and avoid touching them.
Contact lens wearers don’t have a choice. The need to put them in or take them out at some point.
But how do you do it with eyelash extensions?
The best method to put on contact lenses when having eyelash extensions is to open your eyes as wide as possible and slowly place the lens over your eyeball. This technique prevents any interference with your eyelash extensions.
Try removing your contacts with a similar approach without touching your lashes.
If you must pull on your eyelid to open your eye wider, pull on the lower eyelid. You should avoid pulling on the top eyelid where eyelash extensions are applied because you risk touching the lashes.
Contacts vs Glasses
Contacts and glasses each have their own advantages and disadvantages. When it comes to eyelash extensions, the main and only difference will be style limitations.
With contacts, you can go for any style you want. However, glasses might limit you.
As we plan out the styling of your eyelash extensions we need to consider the lengths and curls we’d like to use on you and how your glasses could affect this styling.
If your glasses sit close to your eyes, the chances are that the extensions will hit the glasses. If you wear your glasses further from your face, you most likely won’t encounter a problem with your extensions unless you are looking for a very dramatic look.
But don’t worry, there are ways to work around this!
Check out our article about glasses and eyelash extensions if you want to know more about lash styling choices for glasses wearers.
Eyelash extensions can be safely worn with contact lenses.
For the lash appointment only, the ideal scenario is for you to come without your contacts in. However, most salons provide you with the necessities to remove them temporarily for the appointment.
You could keep your contacts on during the appointment should you prefer to, but I always recommend my clients to remove them. It’s just more conformable and avoids any risk of infection.
If you have any questions or comments please let me know below and I’ll get back to you rapidly.
- U.S. Food & Drug Administration (2019). Focusing on Contact Lens Safety. Retrieved from https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/focusing-contact-lens-safety (Accessed on 21-8-2021).
- Debbie Koenig (2019). Viral Post Shows Risk of Sleeping in Contacts. Retrieved from https://www.webmd.com/eye-health/news/20190508/viral-post-shows-risk-of-sleeping-in-contacts (Accessed on 21-8-2021).
- Kierstan Boyd (2021). Contact Lens-Related Eye Infections. Retrieved from https://www.aao.org/eye-health/diseases/contact-lens-related-eye-infections (Accessed on 21-8-2021).