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Safety Tips for Halloween
10/14/2005
Cosmetic contact lenses have become popular Halloween accessories. Odd colors such as red, orange, black and lenses that give the appearance of feline and reptile eyes are being sold in many retail stores. The problem – using these lenses without proper direction from an eye care professional can lead to serious eye complications.

Some of the problems that can be experienced as a result of wearing these lenses are bacterial infections, swelling, eye pain, pink eye, corneal scratches and ulcerations. These conditions can lead to permanent eye damage and loss of sight.

Prevent Blindness America (PBA) offers the following safety tips regarding cosmetic contact lenses:

  • Always visit a licensed eye care professional to be fitted for cosmetic contact lenses.
  • Never buy contact lenses without a prescription.
  • Always clean and disinfect contact lenses according to instructions.
  • Never wear opaque lenses if you have any problems with night vision.
  • Never share or trade your contact lenses with friends.

In addition, PBA also offers the following tips for a safe and happy Halloween:

  • Always wear hypoallergenic makeup. Have an adult apply the makeup and remove it with cold cream or eye makeup remover instead of soap. Follow product guidelines about applying product directly around the eyes.
  • Avoid costumes with masks, wigs, floppy hats or eye patches that block vision. Tie hats and scarves securely so they won’t slip over children’s eyes.
  • Avoid costumes that drag on the ground to prevent tripping or falling. Do not use roller blades or ride a bike, scooter or skateboard while wearing a costume.
  • Avoid pointed props such as spears, swords or wands.
  • Wear bright, reflective clothing or decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape/patches. Carry a bright flashlight to improve visibility.
  • Always accompany children while trick-or-treating. Only go to houses you are familiar with.
  • Carefully examine all trick-or-treat items for signs of tampering before allowing children to eat them. Inspect any toys or novelty items received by kids age 3 and younger as they may pose a choking hazard.

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