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i have been diagnosed with a pterygium in my right eye. i want to know if it's still safe for me to wear make up?

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Dr. Jay Bradley
LASIK Surgery 18 years experience
Yes: Yes. It is fine to wear makeup since it will not affect your pterygium.
Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Ophthalmology 25 years experience
Yes: Prevention is key remedy. Avoid sun (sunglasses, hat); avoid smoking. Natural rx info: see eyedoc2020.blogspot.com; Other ways to help decrease symptoms: cold artificial tears, nsaid drops, low dose or hi dose steroids (though risk of glaucoma, cataract); surgery is only real way to remove. It is ok to wear make up. Be sure you do not have demodex on lashes.
Dr. Eric Kelts
Dr. Eric Kelts commented
Neurology 25 years experience
Agreed. Once the pterygium is present, however, prevention will not suffice. You can wear makeup, but try to keep from getting it into the eye or irritating the pterygium more, which could make it inflamed. Make certain to keep the eye moist with artificial tears and discussed with an ophthalmologist if it worsens.
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