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Halloween Eye Safety Tips

It’s almost Halloween! If you’re an enthusiastic fan of the holiday, chances are you’ve already picked out your costume, RSVPed to a party or two, or spruced up the house with a couple of decorations. If you’re a parent, you might be forming a plan to keep your children safe while they’re trick-or-treating.

Before you engage in any spooky festivities this year, however, we recommend reading the following Halloween eye health guidelines.

Don’t wear colored contact lenses

Are colored contacts safe? No! Although colored contact lenses might seem harmless because they’re easy to purchase, they can lead to potentially blinding infections and injuries.

There’s no such thing as a “one size fits all” contact lens. Ill-fitting lenses can scratch the eye or even cause blood vessels to grow into the cornea. The only time colored contact lenses are safe is if they’re prescribed to you by a doctor.

Wear hypoallergenic makeup and face paint

Nobody wants to have an allergic reaction on Halloween. Before putting any makeup on your face (or elsewhere!), make sure to first test a small amount on your skin. An allergic reaction won’t only harm your skin – it’ll also make your eyes red and uncomfortable. Rubbing your eyes can ultimately scratch your corneas.

Avoid pointy accessories

Swords, claws, knives, pitchforks, wands and other pointy accessories should be used with caution or avoided altogether. Make sure that the accessories are made from soft, flexible materials to minimize the risk of eye injury.

Interested in more eye tips? Contact Eye Care Professionals today and our professionals will discuss ways to keep your eyes safe year round.