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Article by Sarah Hamilton-Walker | 12th December 2018

Party Season Make Up Mistakes

Christmas is a magical time of year celebrated with parties, music and an abundance of food and drink. But what happens when you have slurped up the last of your eggnog, and headed to bed, only to forget to remove your eye make-up?

Research by the Association of British Dispensing Opticians, (ABDO), found that:

• 44% of women have left their eye make-up on overnight at least once.
• A worryingly high number (28%) of those surveyed use eye make-up that is out of date.
• More than a quarter (27%) do not clean their application brushes regularly enough.

Diane Nash BSc (Hons) FBDO CL is a contact lens optician and she explains the dangers of neglecting your eye care: “Not removing eye make-up daily, using a specific eye make-up remover or regularly cleaning any application brushes used will increase the risk of a bacterial eye infection, which is also true for if you do not replace make-up as often as recommended on the packaging.”

Given the increased risk of eye problems at this busy time of year, the survey found that less than half of UK women (43%) would see an optician if they experienced discomfort in their eyes. Diane urges anyone with any eye care concerns to seek assistance, saying: “If you have any concerns regarding eye infections including any redness and discomfort I would recommend you consult your local optician.”

It can be hard to access healthcare over Christmas: in many areas across the UK you can now access eye care and treatment from your optician on the NHS under a Minor Eye Condition Service, and opticians are generally open at weekends too. Make your optician your first port of call for any eye problems.

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