Keeping safe and accident-free while trick or treating should be a priority this Halloween and following these simple and easy tips may help children and adults alike to prevent eye hazards.
• Halloween is all about dressing up and wearing bright and reflective costumes to make you visible at night for drivers.
• Costume accessories including masks, goggles or eye patches, may impede your range of peripheral vision.
• You may want to consider carrying a torch to keep you and your children visible when you are out and about.
• Costume props such as lasers, swords, wands etc can be very sharp and dangerous and these should be used with caution to avoid eye injuries.
• It may be advisable to carry a soft and flexible prop instead.
• Costume makeup is usually much heavier than regular makeup making the eyes much more susceptible to infections and reactions.
• If you have any opened makeup from the previous year, it is more than likely that this would be expired and not usable this year. Reusing old makeup is very dangerous to the eyes.
• It is important to use hypoallergenic free makeup, applying it gently when around the sensitive eye area and removing it thoroughly at the end of the day to prevent irritation.
• Never sleep with makeup on, if you experience any discomfort or notice your eyes itching or burning, remove the makeup immediately.
• Decorative contact lenses should be worn with extreme caution and should not be purchased without a prescription.
• Contact lenses are medical devices and can cause permanent vision damage if not worn properly.
• Please contact your eye doctor before purchasing such lenses.
Take these tips on board to keep your eyes safe, if you notice any changes in your eyes please do not hesitate to book an appointment with an ophthalmologist.
Author: Samer Hamada is a distinguished consultant ophthalmologist and cornea surgeon performing eye surgeries at his practice, Eye Clinic London. With nearly two decades’ experience, Mr. Hamada is recognised as a leading expert in the field of cataract, refractive lens exchange (RLE) and corneal surgeries.
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