Halloween Eye Safety

When planning your Halloween costumes, did you consider your vision and how it will affect your eyes? Remember these tips when planning your outfits and reduce your risk of eye related injuries and infections:

  • Wear makeup and hats rather than masks that can obscure your vision. Never drive with a mask on as it can impair your field of vision and prohibit you from seeing objects and people around you. Be sure to keep makeup away from eyes, lids and lashes unless it is FDA approved for application near eyes.
  • Test the makeup you plan to use in advance. Put a small amount on the arm of the person who will be wearing it. If a rash, redness, swelling, or other signs of irritation develop where the makeup was applied, that’s a sign of a possible allergy. Check the package and make sure that you are wearing a hypo-allergenic certified makeup product.
  • Vibrantly colored makeup is popular at Halloween. Check FDA’s list of color additives to see if the colors are FDA approved. If they aren’t approved for their intended use, don’t use them. This is especially important for colored makeup around the eyes. Follow product guidelines properly, especially regarding instructions about application around the eyes.
  • Don’t wear decorative (colored) contact lenses unless you have seen an eye care professional for a proper fitting and been given instructions for how to use the lenses. Never buy contact lenses without a valid fitting and prescription from an eye care provider.
  • Don’t wear fake eyelashes or extensions unless they are applied by a professional asthetician.  Be sure to test eyelash glue for allergies before applying to your own lashes/lids.
  • Avoid pointed props such as swords, spears, wands and stick, brooms, canes.  They can endanger your eyes and others if not being used safely and properly.

Take good care of your eyes this holiday season and reduce your risk for scarring, infection, and permanent vision reduction or loss by following these healthy Halloween eye safety tips! Have a happy and safe Halloween!

Source: FDA.gov, CDC.gov

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