Halloween is right around the corner, and everyone is preparing their costumes and makeup for the best spooky night ever! But before you head out to have fun, it’s important to make sure your eyes aren’t at risk. Whether you’re trick-or-treating or dressing up for a party, there are a few things you need to keep in mind to avoid eye injuries.
At Hanna Eye Care in Jacksonville, Florida, we want to help you have a safe and fun Halloween. Here are some tips for keeping your eyes safe this spooky season.
1. Get a prescription for costume contact lenses
Decorative or costume contact lenses can be fun to wear during Halloween, but did you know they require a prescription? Wearing costume contact lenses without a prescription can be dangerous and lead to serious eye issues. Even if you have perfect vision, you need to get a prescription from an eye doctor before using contact lenses. Without a prescription, contact lenses may not fit properly and can cut or scratch your eye or cause an infection.
2. Avoid sharp & pointy objects
Halloween costumes often come with sharp and pointy objects, such as swords, knives, and wands. While they may look cool, they can be hazardous to your eyes, especially in crowded areas. Make sure to keep sharp objects away from your eyes and use blunt alternatives instead.
3. Use non-toxic makeup & face paint
If you’re planning to wear makeup or face paint this Halloween, make sure you choose non-toxic and hypoallergenic products. Some makeup and face paint can irritate your eyes or cause allergies and infections, especially if you put it near your eyes. Also, avoid applying makeup inside your waterline (the line of skin between your eyelashes and your eye), as it can cause eye redness and irritation.
4. Practice good hygiene
If you’re wearing contact lenses or eye makeup, it’s important to practice good hygiene to avoid eye infections and irritation. Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly before touching your contact lenses. Also, avoid sharing makeup or eye accessories with others to prevent the spread of bacteria and other harmful microorganisms.
5. Don’t wear costumes that block your vision
A fully immersive costume can be fun, but it can also be dangerous. Make sure that your costume doesn’t block your vision while walking or driving on the streets. If you can’t see properly, you may have an accident or get hurt.
6. Schedule an eye exam
Regular eye exams help keep your eyes healthy and your vision clear. If you notice any vision changes or haven’t had an eye exam in the last year, be sure to schedule an appointment with your eye doctor before Halloween. An eye exam can detect any potential eye problems, and your doctor can make sure your eyes are ready for all the festivities ahead.
By following these tips, you can protect your eyes while having fun this Halloween! Remember to wear prescription costume contact lenses, steer clear of sharp objects, use non-toxic makeup and face paint, practice good hygiene, and choose costumes that won’t impact your vision.