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    Can contact lens wearers apply wetting solution while wearing cosmetics?

    Zoe Diana Draelos, M.D.It is possible to apply wetting solution drops without damaging eye cosmetics. The best method is to stand upright and pull out the lower eyelid to form a space to place the drops. This is accomplished by pulling down on the lower eye with the index finger to pull the eyelid away from the eye. Prime the wetting solution bottle such that one drop is hanging on the tip. Move the bottle close the lower eyelid, but do not touch the eyeball and contaminate the bottle tip, placing one drop into the space between the eyeball and the lower eyelid. Release the lower eyelid. Blink several times and repeat until the eye is properly wetted. This method prevents smudging eyeliner, mascara, and eye shadow.

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    Zoe Diana Draelos, M.D.
    Zoe Diana Draelos, M.D., is a consulting professor of dermatology, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, N.C. She is investigator, ...


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