Halloween Safety!

September Is Healthy Aging Month
September 18, 2019

Halloween is fun for both children and adults. A night of costumes, trick-or-treating, and costume parties. And through all that fun, the holiday can also pose certain dangers to the eyes. Did you know that every year thousands of people injure their eyes because of the Halloween holiday? It’s true, for reasons you may not expect. Costumes and makeup and masks are all likely culprits for injury. So here are a few tips to keep both adults and children safe this Halloween.

First, trick-or-treat when it’s light outside. It’s easier to navigate the sidewalks of your neighborhood when it’s light outside. But if you do trick-or-treat at night, then make sure to take flashlights or headlamps, anything that will both adequately illuminate your surroundings and also help drivers on the road to see you and your children. And it would be a good idea to add reflectiveness—such as a reflective vest—to costumes (no, it’s not much fun to cover up a Darth Vader costume with a yellow traffic vest, but hopefully it will help to keep you safe). And make sure that if you have to dress for cold or inclement weather, that children’s hats and scarves are positioned so that vision won’t be obstructed. And obey all the traffic laws.

When it comes to costumes there are a few things to remember. First, make sure that costumes fit well and that children are not tripping on it when they walk. And all those accessories such as pitchforks, swords, wands, etc., pose certain risks to the eyes. It may not be your own children’s eyes that are injured by a pointy accessory, but another’s. And be careful with makeup. Use hypoallergenic makeup, and avoid any makeup in or against the eyes. And bring along wet wipes, because makeup could melt or drip and run.

Have fun this Halloween and stay safe. And if you have any questions about the appropriateness of decorative contact lenses (some are very dangerous for the eyes) then check with your eye doctor at Vision Optical.

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