Halloween is a fun time that your child will remember for a lifetime. Unfortunately, every year there are hundreds of eye injuries related to costumes, make-up, and masks resulting in emergency room visits. The good news is there are many things you can do to ensure the safety of your little trick-or-treaters!
- Avoid costumes that obscure your vision. If masks are worn, make sure they are securely fastened and that the openings are wide enough to ensure clear vision.
- Tie hats and scarfs securely so that they don’t slip over your child’s eyes.
- Trick or treat in the daylight or carry a flashlight in nigh time to improve visibility.
- Use hypoallergenic make-up. Avoid applying heavy makeup near the eye. Children often sweat or rub their faces which may get into their eyes.
- Avoid pointy costume accessories like swords that make poke the eyes of your child or another child’s.
- For optimal safety, consider buying spooky contact lenses from your optometrist. Never share contacts.
- When decorating, keep your steps and lawns free of tripping hazards.
- Keep an outdoor light on so trick-or-treaters can clearly make it up to your door.
- If an eye injury does occur, contact your optometrist before going to the emergency room. Hospitals often do not have an optometrist on staff. Optometrists typically have emergency numbers and can treat the injury more effectively.
Happy Halloween! Be Safe!