Thank you all so much for your input! I will pass this information along to my sweet Hubby, and maybe some of it will be helpful!
I have worn contacts for almost 30 years (<gasp> has it been that long???), and I've never been sqeamish about my eyes, so I wasn't much help with the suggestions.
I know it's probably harder for guys, too, because, I've spent years sticking a mascara brush in my eye -hee- I guess that toughens you up! I did think to tell him to keep his mouth open - doesn't that help you not blink when you put on mascara?