According to the United States Census Bureau, we spend ten billion dollars a year on cosmetics, beauty, supplies, and perfume. Eighty percent of women have used face and eye cosmetics in the last year and 75% of women use cosmetics to improve their confidence. With all this cosmetic use, over 50% of makeup users report not checking instructions on how long makeup should be left on, 90% of women use cosmetics beyond the expiration date, and 20% do not know that makeup expires at all. Optometrists are becoming the predominant primary eye care providers and see up to 75% of all primary eye care visits in the country.
- The optometrists and paraoptometrics must be aware of the products that our patients use, be knowledgeable of the effects they have on visual and ocular health, as well as offer insights on their proper use.