Halloween is a popular time of the year for the use of colored contact lenses, costumes, and/or face paints. But there could be danger lurking that could impact your child’s eye sight. Take a look at these three factors that could impact eye sight and ways to mitigate these dangers.
Colored Contact Lenses
Colored contact lenses are sometimes used to enhance the appearance of costumes and thus many believe that they don’t require the same level of care or consideration as a standard contact lens. This is not the case. All contact lenses are medical devices that require a prescription and proper fitting by an eye-care professional. There is no such thing as a one size fit all. Lenses that are not proper fitted and handled improperly can cause scratches, sores, infection, and damage the eye and lead to blindness. Lenses found online or in beauty salons, novelty shops or in pop-up Halloween stores are not FDA-approved and are being sold illegally. Never buy contact lenses color or not from retailers who don’t ask for a prescription. This year skip the color contact lenses and be eye safe.
Costumes are a fun way to temporary change the way someone looks. When choosing a costume for your child make sure your child’s visibility is not hampered. Choose a costume that doesn’t cover your child’s face and eyes. Select a mask where your child will be able to use their peripheral vision. Be careful when choosing hats. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes.
If your child plans on wearing face-paint and make-up, please use a hypo-allergenic brand and make-up approved by the FDA. When applying face-paint to face and eye area, don’t apply it near the eyelash line. Children can easy rub face-paint into their eye. After a night of Halloween fun, remember to wash the face-paint off with cold water and not soap.
Halloween can be a night of fun for all especially when eye safety is taken into consideration. When choosing a costume for your child, make sure your child’s visibility is not hampered. If your child plans on wearing face-paint and make-up, please use a hypo-allergenic brand and keep face- paint away from eyelash line. Lastly, this year skip the color contact lenses unless they are prescribed and be eye safe.