Happy Halloween! We hope you have a safe and happy Halloween! In the spirit of the holiday, we want to share a few tips for keeping your peepers safe while haunting this evening.
1. Halloween Costume Contact Lenses
While they can make a great addition to your Halloween costume, they pose serious risks to your vision. These lenses are decorative and meant to make changes to color of your eyes. You may see them in different colors, or they look like vampire, werewolf or witch eyes. But, beware, non prescription sale of contact lenses is illegal – and if they are purchased anywhere except from a licensed eye care professional they can cause serious damage. “Non-prescription costume contacts can cause injuries such as cuts and open sores in the protective layer of the iris and pupil and potentially blinding painful bacterial infections. These injuries can require serious eye surgeries such as corneal transplants, and in some cases lead to permanent vision loss” (source). Be safe and say no to novelty contact lenses this Halloween – unless of course, you purchased them from an eye care professional.
2. Halloween Makeup
Halloween makeup can make a costume extra scary – follow these tips for application and removal to make sure your peepers stay safe.
– Only use makeup products that are approved for use on skin.
– Keep makeup away from the eye area.
– Use caution when removing makeup so as not to get it in the eyes. Use a safe eye makeup remover for the eye area and mild soap to remove from your face.
– Don’t share your makeup and be sure to wash brushes and applicators!
– Use extra caution when applying false eyelashes – only apply them according to package instructions and do not dye your eyelashes or eyebrows, there are no FDA approved eyelash or eyebrow dyes.
3. Pointy Objects & Costumes
Exercise extra caution with pointy objects – like plastic pirate swords and costume elements. Make sure kiddos understand to keep them low to the ground and never to point them in people’s faces. If costumes have masks or hats – make sure they are secure and not at risk of poking you in the eye!