October 2017 Halloween Safety
Halloween can be a fun time for kids and adults. Kids get to dress up in a costume and spend some time with their friends and adults can even dress up too! However, every year hundreds of injuries occur that are related to costumes and masks. Follow these simple guidelines to make sure you and your child have a fun and safe Halloween:
- Avoid costumes with masks or eye patches that block vision.
- Be careful with pointed props like spears, swords, or wands.
- Carry a flashlight to improve visibility.
- Only wear contact lenses that are fitted and prescribed by an optometrist – including decorative contact lenses. Even after being fitted for contacts be sure to only buy costume contacts from retailers who require a prescription to purchase the lenses and who only sell FDA-approved contact lenses, then follow manufacturer instructions.
- Tattoos on your eye (corneal and sclera tattoos) are dangerous to your eye health and impose large risks of infection and blindness – DON’T DO IT!
We hope you have a safe and fun time this holiday season but, if you or your child do experience an eye injury, please call our office immediately.