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Halloween Eye Safety: How to Avoid Eye Injuries from Costume Accessories 

Oct 1, 2023 | Eye Health Info

October has arrived, and we all know what that means—Halloween is almost here! This is the time of year to get creative with costumes, makeup, and accessories. While you’re enjoying the spooky season, it’s important to remember to protect your eyes and take precautions to prevent eye injuries. In this blog, we’ll share some tips for keeping your eyes safe while wearing costume accessories. 

1. Avoid non-prescription colored contact lenses 

Wearing colored contact lenses without a prescription may seem harmless, but an ill-fitting lens can cause scratches, infections, corneal damage, and even vision loss. All decorative contact lenses should be prescribed by an eye doctor, even if you have 20/20 vision and don’t need corrective lenses. If you want to wear cosmetic lenses this Halloween, make sure to schedule an appointment with your eye doctor to obtain a prescription and learn how to properly insert, remove, and take care of them.  

2. Beware of sharp and pointy accessories 

Halloween accessories like swords, wands, and even decorations can be dangerous if they accidentally come in contact with your eyes. While they may seem harmless, even soft objects can cause serious eye injuries. Remember to exercise caution and always keep sharp objects away from your face and eyes. If you must incorporate them into your Halloween costume, make sure to handle them with care. 

3. Use non-toxic makeup and supplies 

If you’re using makeup or artificial blood for your Halloween costume, make sure it’s safe for your eyes. Some products may contain harmful chemicals or allergens that can cause irritation or infection. When applying makeup, make sure to keep it away from your eyes and wash your hands thoroughly before touching your eyes. If you experience any irritation or redness after applying makeup, remove it immediately and seek medical attention if necessary. 

4. Make sure masks fit properly 

Masks can transform your appearance into almost anything, but they can also impair your vision or be too tight around your eyes, causing discomfort or injury. When choosing a mask, make sure it fits your face properly and doesn’t obstruct your vision. Check your child’s mask, too, and ensure they can see clearly.  

Follow these tips to protect your eyes on Halloween! Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your eye health.