Have an Eye for Safety on Halloween
Everybody loves Halloween! The costumes, the candy, the parties, and the spirit of spooky fun make it a favorite holiday for all ages. But Halloween activities also come with their share of hazards, especially when it comes to your eyes.
Dr. Kevin Brown, OD, of Simon Eye Associates in Delaware, cautions both party goers and parents to be especially attentive to eye safety during Halloween time.
“Nobody wants to spend Halloween in the ER, receiving treatment for an eye injury that could have been avoided,” says Dr. Brown. “A few simple precautions can help ensure the safety of your vision, and that of your children.”
Here are five areas in which to be cautious in order to keeping your eyes – and the eyes of your little trick-or-treaters – safe from harm on Halloween.
- Costumes and masks. It is exciting to dress up as your favorite character, be it a pirate, princess, or space explorer. But do so with caution to avoid problems that could spoil your fun. Keep items like wigs, eye patches, and headbands well away from your eyes to allow for clear vision and to avoid irritation. Similarly, masks should be loose with eye openings wide enough to see in a 180-degree arc.
- Makeup. If your costume includes makeup, be sure it is hypoallergenic to avoid irritating your skin and eyes. Avoid applying makeup too close to eyes, as well. This is especially important for someone who seldom uses makeup, such as a child.
- Props. No costume is complete without the appropriate props. But choose carefully. Avoid sharp or pointed items like spears, swords, and magic wands, which can easily poke an unsuspecting eye.
- Visibility. Good vision goes two ways on Halloween night. Your young ghosts and goblins need to be able to see clearly, with nothing blocking their forward or peripheral vision, in order to navigate from house to house. But it is equally important to make sure others can see them, as well. Brightly colored costumes with reflective tape can help. And be sure your little ones carry bright flashlights with fully charged batteries.
- Cosmetic contact lenses. A popular trend for adults (and even some children) is to temporarily change the color of their eyes using temporary contact lenses. While this is a fairly safe way to enhance your Halloween look, it is essential that the contact lenses you use be prescribed, properly sized, and fitted by a qualified eye care specialist. Handle contact lenses with clean hands. Remove them carefully at the end of the festivities – do not sleep with contacts in your eyes.
If you have any further questions about eye safety or any other vision issue, call the eye health professionals of Simon Eye Associates at (302) 239-1933 or complete our convenient online form. We provide premier eye care to families in Wilmington, Newark, Bear, Middletown and nearby DE areas.