As Halloween festivities are being planned, some may want to intensify their look by wearing extreme costumes, face masks, body/face paint and cosmetic contact lenses. Every year, there are several hundred eye injuries related to costumes and masks treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms. Dr. Stewart Shofner provides trick-or-treaters and partygoers helpful tips to enjoy a safe Halloween.
Face Masks – Ensure you or your child’s face mask allows enough space to see clearly. When vision is obstructed while in motion, one could easily trip, fall and could become injured.
Costume Accessories – While a pitchfork, axe, horns, crown, swords may complete your look, those pointy objects could cause eye injury. It’s important young children stay supervised and refrain from using their costume as weapons.
Eye Bling/Makeup – Don’t be ghoulish with the glitter or glue this year. Ensure the facial paint is hypoallergenic and safe to use around the eyes. Be sure to apply very carefully and avoid entering inside your eye, especially if it contains glitter. Body jewels, especially for small children should be kept away from eyes and eyelids. It’s also recommended to have false eyelashes applied by a skilled technician to avoid mishaps while applying the glue.
Cosmetic Lens – This one has increasingly become very popular as so many online suppliers are offering theatrical lenses without a prescription. While novelty contacts are designed for fun, they still are considered medical devices and cannot be purchased legally in the United States without a contact lens prescription.
Dr. Shofner suggests if you choose to wear cosmetic lenses, schedule an appointment with your local eye doctor for a contact lens exam and have the lenses properly fitted. It’s important to know that a poor lens fit can lead to eye infection, corneal ulcer, decreased vision and even blindness.
Practicing these safety measures will ensure your child enjoys a safe Halloween and prevent a night of treats from turning into a night of tragedy. Stay safe and have a Happy Halloween.