Halloween is fast approaching – the favorite candy-fueled holiday of children all over the country. While you may be concerned with how much candy you should buy for trick-or-treaters, what costumes your children will be wearing and the spooky decorations you’ll put up, don’t neglect safety – specifically eye safety.
Every year on Halloween, several injuries are reported, many of them having to do with the eyes. Heed these tips to keep your kids’ eyes safe this Halloween.
• Fasten reflective tape to your kids’ costumes and bags, placing the reflective material on the front, back and sides of the costumes.
• Give them glow sticks to hold.
• Avoid masks, eye patches and wigs, which can all obstruct their vision. Some masks are particularly dangerous because they block their peripheral vision.
• Give children flashlights to navigate dark paths and walkways. It can be difficult for them to see divots in front yards or missing and crumbling porch steps. Using flashlights will also allow drivers to see them coming.
• Tell your kids to travel with friends and stick to well-lit areas.
Apply Quality Makeup Safely
• When purchasing Halloween makeup, make sure it is non-toxic and test it in a small area first, advises the National Safety Council.
• Remove all makeup before children go to bed to guard against skin and eye irritation.
• Use hypo-allergenic options, keeping makeup away from the eyes.
• Carry a wet towel or washcloth in case the makeup runs while they’re out trick-or-treating.
• Always purchase quality makeup for your kids rather than the cheap stuff you get in the dollar store.
Don’t Allow Sharp Objects as Props
• Running children and sharp objects such as fake knives, swords, sabers and wands equal a recipe for disaster. Pointed props can poke eyes and cause serious injury.
•Instead, craft soft foam versions of their favorite props.
Get Contact Lens Prescriptions From a Doctor
Sometimes older kids want to complement their costumes with colored contact lenses that add a spooky effect. They’ll need a valid prescription from their eye doctor, so make sure you book an appointment well ahead of time. Remember, contact lenses are considered medical devices and require a valid prescription. If used incorrectly, contact lenses can result in vision loss.
Contact Simon Eye Associates
For more Halloween prep tips or to book your child’s annual appointment, contact us at 302-239-1933. We offer a variety of family eye care services throughout Delaware.