Halloween Eye Safety Tips
Halloween is a fun time of year for both kids and adults, but it’s also a time when emergency rooms see an uptick in eye injuries, particularly among children. That’s because many popular Halloween activities risk eye injury and eye infections. The good news is that you can avoid infection and injury this Halloween by following these simple tips.
Don’t wear decorative contact lenses without a prescription
Many people think that decorative contact lenses are harmless, but they can lead to serious eye infections and other problems. Always get a prescription from an eye doctor before wearing any type of decorative contact lens. It’s illegal to purchase contact lenses from salons, street vendors, flea markets, novelty stores, or through websites where no prescription is required because a poor contact lens fit can cause serious eye damage, including scratches on the cornea, a corneal infection, pink eye, decreased vision, and even blindness. It’s simply not worth the risk!
Be careful with decorative or costume makeup, especially around the eyes.
Some makeup products can cause irritation or even allergic reactions. If you’re using any type of makeup around your eyes, make sure to test it on a small area first and remove it immediately if you experience any discomfort.
Avoid Costumes That Obstruct Vision
Make sure your kids can see well in their costumes if wearing masks or something that covers their heads, such as a wig. This will help them avoid tripping and falling, as well as being able to see clearly if they need to cross the street. If you’re making a costume for your child, make sure to consider their vision needs.
Avoid Costumes Which Require Sharp Objects
Be careful with props such as swords. It’s easy for kids (and adults!) to get carried away when playing with props such as swords or knives. Make sure that any prop you’re using is made of soft, flexible materials such as foam so that nobody gets hurt if things get too wild.
Practice Safe Trick-or-Treating
Trick-or-treating is another classic Halloween activity, but it’s important to take some safety precautions while doing it. First and foremost, make sure everyone in your group is wearing reflective gear so that drivers can see you easily. It’s also a good idea to carry a flashlight so that you can see where you’re going while walking from house to house in the dark.
By following these simple tips, you can help ensure a safe and fun Halloween for everyone involved. Keep your eyes safe this Halloween by avoiding decorative contact lenses, being careful with makeup and costumes, and using props safely. Happy Halloween from Lawrenceville Family Eyecare!