October is Halloween Eye Safety Month | Family Eye Physicians

October is Halloween Eye Safety Month

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Halloween is fast approaching and while most people are familiar with more general Halloween safety tips – look both ways before crossing the street and inspect all unopened candy before indulging – they might not be aware of all the risks associated with sharp costume accessories or illegal contacts.

Each year, both children and adults find themselves in the emergency room due to an eye-related injury caused by Halloween costumes and accessories. To avoid a real-life horror story and permanent damage to your eyes here are some safety tips to ensure your trick-or-treating is not a scene from a scary movie.

TIPS:

  • Avoid costumes that either fully or partially block vision, such as masks, eye patches, wigs, floppy hats, or fake gore on or around the eye.
  • Avoid sharp or pointed costume props such as swords, wands, knives, and sticks that may injury your eye or the eyes of others.
  • Avoid off-market decorative, colored contact lenses as they may not be sterile and can cause a host of serious eye problems (such as infections) capable of morphing a fun Halloween night into a nightmare. If contact lenses are necessary to complete your Halloween look, call us at (708) 636-9393 to purchase your FDA-approved costume contact lenses.
  • Most Halloween makeup is not formulated for eye safety. Be sure to use caution and care when applying makeup, fake eyelashes, glue, and glitter to your face.  
  • Be sure to wear your prescription glasses to see properly! and;  
  • Remember to carry a flashlight or lantern when trick-or-treating to prevent falling or running into potentially harmful objects in the dark.

Halloween should be a fun time for the entire family, so don’t let an eye injury keep you from seeing the magic of Halloween.

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