It’s Halloween Eye Safety Month!

Multi-ethnic children dressed in Halloween costumes

Halloween is right around the corner, and it’s important to remember when picking out your costume that safety should come first! Every year, there are hundreds of eye injuries related to Halloween costumes and masks treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms.

Here are some additional tips to get you and your children through the month safely

1. Never buy cosmetic contact lenses without a prescription from an eye care professional. It is both illegal and dangerous. Improper use of cosmetic contact lenses can result in serious eye conditions including bacterial infections, swelling, eye pain, sensitivity to light, conjunctivitis (pink eye), corneal scratches and loss of clarity.

2. Avoid pointed props such as spears, swords, wands, bayonets or tridents. These may endanger children’s eyes.

3. Avoid costumes with masks, eye patches, wigs, floppy hats or anything that blocks vision. Tie hats and scarves securely so they won’t slip over children’s eyes.

4. Wear makeup instead of masks. Always wear hypoallergenic make-up. Follow product guidelines about applying product directly around the eyes. Tip: Cosmetics should never be shared, especially eye cosmetics! Always apply makeup outside the lash line to avoid contact with the eye.

5. False eyelashes should only be applied and removed according to the package instructions. Do not dye eyelashes or eyebrows! No color additives have been approved by the FDA for permanent dyeing or tinting of eyelashes or eyebrows.

6. Wear bright, reflective clothing or decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or patches so you can be seen in the dark.

7. Carry a bright flashlight to illuminate sidewalks, steps and paths. Be sure the path and stairs to front doors are well illuminated and clear of obstacles.

8. Keep candles and jack-o’-lanterns in sight and away from steps and porches, as costumes could brush against them and ignite.

9. Above all, use common sense! Obey all traffic signals as a pedestrian, never drive while wearing a mask,  and remember that younger children should be accompanied by an adult.