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Impact of eye cosmetics on the eye, adnexa, and ocular surface

Ng, Alison Yuk San, Evans, Katharine S. E., North, Rachel ORCID:, Jones, Lyndon and Purslow, Christine 2016. Impact of eye cosmetics on the eye, adnexa, and ocular surface. Eye & Contact Lens: Science & Clinical Practice 42 (4) , pp. 211-220. 10.1097/ICL.0000000000000181

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Despite the fact that cosmetic products undergo rigorous testing to ensure they are safe for human use, some users report mild discomfort following their application. The cutaneous changes, such as allergic dermatitis, are well reported, but the ocular changes associated with eye cosmetic use are less so. Some pigmented cosmetic products may accumulate within the lacrimal system and conjunctivae over many years of use, but immediate reports of eye discomfort after application are most common. Changes to the tear film and its stability may occur shortly after application, and contact lens wearers can also be affected by lens spoliation from cosmetic products. Additionally, creams used in the prevention of skin aging are often applied around the eyes, and retinoids present in these formulations can have negative effects on meibomian gland function and may be a contributing factor to dry eye disease. The aim of this review is to summarize current knowledge regarding the impact of cosmetic products on the eye, ocular surface, and tear film.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Optometry and Vision Sciences
Subjects: R Medicine > RE Ophthalmology
Publisher: Contact Lens Association of Opthalmologists
ISSN: 1542-2321
Date of Acceptance: 28 June 2015
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2024 15:38

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