With Halloween around the corner, you may already be contemplating what your children’s costumes are going to be, or what snacks you plan to make available at this year’s party. One thing that you likely haven’t thought about, though, is how to protect your and your children’s eyesight as you take in all of the ghoulish festivities. Here’s a look at why this holiday can be a scary one for your eye health, as well as what you can do protect your vision at trick-or-treat time, according to the Zietchick Research Institute.
For starters, avoid wearing contact lenses that come with costumes. These decorative, non-prescription lenses are never safe to wear, as they may not have been manufactured according to Federal Drug Administration safety regulations. For instance, a costume’s contact lenses might feature jagged edges that can damage your eye. Likewise, these lenses may carry infections due to improper sanitation. If you’re serious about altering your eye color for Halloween, talk to your eye doctor to see if he or she can recommend certain prescription costume lenses instead.
Also, exercise caution if you plan to don eye makeup on Halloween. Ideally, you should utilize hypoallergenic makeup. In addition, try not to share your eye makeup with other people, and be sure to wash away the makeup prior to hitting the sack at night. You should additionally avoid using the same makeup you used last year at Halloween. Why? Because makeup can easily attract microbes with time. Furthermore, be sure to carry moist towelettes with you as you go out and about. If sweat causes your makeup to run into your eye and irritate it, you can simply wipe away the makeup with the towelettes.
Finally, make sure that any hats, wigs, or masks that you wear on Halloween to not obstruct your vision, as this can result in accidents or falls that can break, rather than make, your Halloween.