Avoid all eye makeup for 1-2 weeks post-surgery. Between weeks 2-4, use fragrance-free mascara, eyeliner and eyeshadow gently. After 4 weeks, most non-irritating makeup can be worn as long as the eyes feel fully recovered.

Cataract surgery is a common and generally safe procedure to replace the clouded natural lens of the eye with an artificial lens implant. Most people heal well and experience improved vision. While recovery time varies, it’s important to take proper precautions with your eyes in the weeks following surgery. Wearing eye makeup too soon risks potential irritation or infection that could impact your healing.