Wearing false eyelashes after Laser Eye Surgery

The most frequently asked questions about Laser Eye Surgery may surprise you.

Of course, you’ve got all the ones you’d expect: ‘How long does the procedure take? What are the chances of something going wrong? When can I drive and get back to work?’ 

But once they get out the way, then there’s a whole other bunch that come out, having been held back out of fear of sounding silly or discovering something uncomfortable.

‘Will anything actually touch my eye? Will the treatment hurt? What if I sneeze during the procedure?’

It’s only after this round that the real important questions start coming to the fore — the ones that have been sitting there patiently all this time. Up to this moment, everything else was just stalling and is actually meaningless compared to these:

‘Can I wear makeup on the day of the procedure? Will I be able to still be able host my weekly five-hour Battlestar Galactic marathon?

‘When can I wear false eyelashes again?’

Highly qualified and experienced Laser Eye Surgeons are experts not only in their craft but also experts in dealing with people. And so, no matter how awkward or weird you may feel asking them something, they’ve no doubt heard it before.

What’s more, Laser Eye Surgery is far from your typical surgical procedure. It’s minimally invasive, can be performed in a matter of minutes, and patients are usually back to their normal routine within a day or two. Therefore, at that moment, when you’ve finally plucked up the courage to ask the question and the future of your eyesight is hanging in the balance, you’re usually met with an answer that brings a smile to your face.

Wearing false eyelashes and makeup after Laser Eye Surgery

To avoid any interference and allow your eyes the best chance of recovery, it’s recommended to wait at least 48 hours after surgery to apply makeup. For eye makeup — mascara, eye shadow, eyeliner — it’s typically recommended to wait a period of seven days following your procedure.

False eyelashes are included in this category, and therefore should be avoided for a week unless your surgeon tells you otherwise at your first post-op check-up.

It’s also important to note that when returning to wearing eye makeup after the one week period, you must be careful not to rub your eyes when removing it to again avoid any further chance of irritation.

Although the advice above applies to the vast majority of patients, it’s still worth double-checking with your surgeon as there may be factors relating to your procedure or circumstances that influence your individual recovery process.

If you have more questions about recovery after Laser Eye Surgery, ask us in the comments below. Or if you’d like to book your consultation, send a message to one of our friendly Patient Care Coordinators today.