Halloween Eye Safety Tips for Trick or Treaters of All Ages

Wednesday, October 27th, 2021

Halloween costumes are fun and "scary or funny eyes" make a big "visual" impression, but make sure you protect your eyes! Here are three eye safety tips for trick or treaters of all ages from Safe Eyes America.

1. Never use any contact lenses unless they have been prescribed for you by an ophthalmologist or optometrist!  The costume contact lenses that are available without prescription are not approved by the FDA for sale in the United States!(https://www.cdc.gov/contactlenses/decorative-contacts.html). These contacts may harm your eyes because of poor fit, defects in manufacturing, or contamination with bacteria or chemicals; potentially causing severe damage, infections and even blindness. 

2. Be careful with make-up around the eyes!  Use only make-up that is designed for use around the eyes.  Other substances can be dangerous if gotten into the eyes.  Sparkling eyeshadow may be fun, but glitter in the eyes is painful and can cause serious corneal abrasions and infections!  Eye make-up should be thrown away every three months and never use anyone else's eye make-up or store samples.  Always remove all eye make-up before going to bed.

3. Make sure that masks worn by young children don't obstruct their vision, straight ahead or to the sides, and can't be accidentally pushed, rubbed, or displaced to scratch the eyes.

Have a fun and safe Halloween!

For more information to keep your eyes safe not only at Halloween, but throughout the year visit the web siteSafeEyesAmerica.org