Halloween Eye Safety Tips

Dr. Mai-Vy Hoang 10/30/2017

Halloween is here, and that means it's time to pick out your costume and head to a party or take the kids trick-or-treating.

Halloween is a ton of fun, yet it also poses a threat to your eyes in several unique ways. Follow these tips to keep you and your child's eyes safe this Halloween.

Recognize Threats to the Eyes

Everything from fake swords, spears and knives to costume feathers can poke and damage the eyes. Watch out for costumes and props with wires and spines.

Don't include any sort of sharp object with your child's costume. Even if the object is in the back of your kid's costume, it could still pose a threat to other children.

Cosmetic Contact Lenses Can Be Dangerous

Although cosmetic contact lenses are a fun way to alter your appearance, they can also harm your eyes. You should only purchase prescription grade lenses.

Be sure to wash your hands before touching the lenses to prevent contaminated with dirt, dust or debris that could lead to an eye infection.

Do not share these lenses with others. If the lenses come into contact with any type of surface, clean them right away before putting them back in your eyes.

Mind Your Halloween Makeup

Makeup has the potential to get into eyes and cause significant irritation. Think twice before applying makeup near your eyes. Even glitter and hair from wigs can cause damage.

If you absolutely have to incorporate makeup in your child's Halloween costume, opt for the hypoallergenic version. Test the makeup on a portion of their skin a day or two before Halloween to see if it causes a reaction.

Finally, do not let them wear the makeup to bed! Wash it off in the manner described on the makeup's packaging.

Choose Costumes Carefully

Runny makeup is not the only threat to your vision. A mask can obstruct your vision and lead to a trip or fall.

Select a costume that does not require excessive makeup, a large hat, an eye patch, a wig or anything else that reduces vision. If your child does wear a hat or scarf, secure it in place so it does not blow in the wind and contact their eyes.

Trick-Or-Treat At The Right Time

Consider taking the kids out to trick-or-treat during the day or early evening to ensure drivers can see your little ones. Sunlight will also help your kids sidestep obstructions on the road and identify vehicles.

This does not mean you have to head out at noon to collect candy. Start trick-or-treating an hour or so before the sun starts to set, and your kids will have plenty of time to score loads of candy.

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