Halloween Safety and your Vision
Ghosts, goblins and things that go bump in the night: all of the things that make Halloween fun for children and adults alike. Of course while thinking about the safety of your teeth from all the Halloween treats, it’s important to also think about the safety of your eyes, whether trick-or-treating or going to Halloween celebrations with friends and family.
1. Make sure that any masks or costume pieces won’t obstruct your vision. Seeing clearly is important, and when it’s dark outside, additional obstructions to your vision can make walking around a dangerous activity.
2. Makeup is a great alternative to wearing a mask for Halloween. Just make sure that the makeup you are using is hypoallergenic and avoid applying your makeup too close to the eye area. Also, remember to take your makeup off at the end of the evening with a good eye makeup remover to avoid irritation and infection.
3. Leave the sharp accessories at home while trick-or-treating. While the pirate sword certainly helps complete the costume, it would take only a slight trip over a twig or other yard hazard to create a potentially serious eye injury. It’s difficult to walk in the dark, and you can’t always count on your neighbors to have walkways without obstructions. Leaving the pointy accessories at home is the best way to avoid injury by magic wand or wizard’s staff.
4. If you choose to wear cosmetic contact lenses, make sure they are safe for your eyes. Typically if you buy contact lenses from any where other than your optometrists office, they are not approved to wear safely. These over-the-counter contacts can be full of bacteria and can cause serious physical damage and infections to your eyes as well. A safe bet is to inquire about cosmetic lenses at your optometrists office.
Follow these tips and protect your eyes from injury. For additional questions about eye safety, call our office at 402.420.2020 to speak to one of our experts.