Halloween is one of the most popular American holidays: an estimated 157 million Americans celebrated Halloween in 2015. No matter what your age, there are some precautions that should be taken with regards to eye safety so that everyone has a safe and happy Halloween.
Many costumes would be incomplete without some makeup to set the tone. Select makeup that is hypoallergenic and make sure to test a small area before applying it to the whole face. Leave a space between the makeup and the eyes to insure that none will get in the eyes. If makeup gets in the eyes, it can burn or sting, or cause the eyes to become red and irritated. Make sure to remove Halloween makeup promptly after the party or trick-or-treating to avoid irritation.
Some masks have eye holes that are too small for adequate vision, so they can be dangerous to wear while walking at night or driving at any time of day. By widening the eye holes with scissors, peripheral vision will be improved. Make sure you or your child lifts the mask while walking over unstable ground or dark pavement. Walk with a flashlight so you can see what’s in front of you. Reflective tape should be applied to clothing so drivers can more easily see you as you move from house to house.
Any sword, knife, or hand-held accessory should be soft, flexible, and short so it will not cause damage if it comes into contact with the eye. If you are going to be wearing pointed stick-on nails for a costume, be careful to keep your hands away from your face to avoid scratching the eyes.
A safe Halloween is possible with a little thought and planning. Enjoy dressing up and protect your eyes by using these safety tips!
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Janine Disanti, OD
Matossian Eye Associates