Halloween Eye Safety

October 31, 2016

Witches, warlocks, goblins – oh my! While dressing up for Halloween should be fun, there are occasions when your spooky costume can turn into a scary situation. Each Halloween, there are hundreds of trips to emergency rooms across the country due to costume related injuries. How can you prevent your Halloween from turning into a frightful night? Follow our safety tips!

Decorative Contact Lenses: What’s the harm in using colored contacts for your costume? If the contact lenses are not FDA approved or from a reputable brand, they might not be safe. The improper use of cosmetic lenses can lead to complications including bacterial infection, swelling, pain, sensitivity to light, pink eye, corneal scratches and even loss of sight.

Makeup Safety: Use hypoallergenic makeup to prevent outbreaks and irritation. Additionally, take extreme care when applying makeup around the eye area. If you do use makeup on your face, wash it off with a wet towel before heading to bed.

Do Not Block Vision: Never wear makeup or masks that can obscure your vision. Some popular Halloween masks that are trending this year include clowns, political figures and zombies. Masks are dangerous because they obscure vision, especially for children wandering around the streets. In these cases, hypoallergenic makeup is the better option.

Choose Props Carefully: Some costumes require props that are hazardous. If your costume needs a wand or sword, opt for an alternative. Sharp objects are a danger to eye safety.

Whether you are attending a Halloween party or taking your children out for some trick-or-treating fun, always make safety a priority. Once you take necessary safety precautions, you can focus on having a spooky, scary Halloween night! If you have any questions about eye safety, make an appointment with Friedrichs Eye in Sycamore, Illinois.

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