Keep Your Eyes Safe on Halloween

Woman with painted face for Halloween wearing a hat

Halloween can be fun for children and adults alike, but some costume components are dangerous for your eyes. Here are some tips to keep your peepers safe. Plus, if you or your child wear glasses, we have some fun costume ideas.


Common Eye Hazards

The following costume pieces can be dangerous for kids and adults on Halloween:

  • Masks
    Though hugely popular, masks can be dangerous to wear while walking at night. Don’t be afraid to cut the eye holes a bit bigger, as they’re usually made too small and tend to limit peripheral vision. 

    If your children are wearing masks while trick-or-treating, get them to lift them off their faces while walking from house to house. Walk with a flashlight so you can see the ground ahead of you and use reflective tape on your costumes so that drivers can see you.

  • Makeup
    Always choose non-toxic, hypo-allergenic makeup and test a small amount on your skin before applying it. Keep makeup away from your eyes by leaving a margin around the eye area. Remove makeup immediately after trick-or-treating.

  • Accessories
    Try to avoid carrying objects like toy swords, toy knives and toy guns. Pointed objects can be dangerous if you fall while carrying them. Instead, use soft, flexible accessories.

If you experience pain, redness or swelling in your eyes, see an eye doctor as soon as you can. Left untreated, eye injuries can lead to vision loss or even blindness.


Halloween Costume Ideas for People Who Wear Glasses

Wearing eyeglasses doesn’t mean you need to limit your Halloween costume choices. There are many fun bespectacled characters you can portray, including:

  • Harry Potter, the wizard from the J.K. Rowling series of novels
  • Clark Kent, Superman’s alter-ego
  • Waldo, the elusive character from the Where’s Waldo? puzzle books
  • Velma Dinkley, the brains behind the Scooby Doo Gang
  • Betty Suarez, the hardworking and optimistic heroine from Ugly Betty
  • Meg Griffin, the bullied daughter in the animated TV series Family Guy

Risks Associated with Halloween Eye Contacts

When it comes to decorative lenses, one size does not fit all. There is a misnomer that decorative lenses are safe and do not require the same level of care and consideration as prescriptive lenses. However, this is far from true. In fact, it is actually illegal to sell colored contact lenses in the United States without a prescription. If you see these lenses for sale in your local novelty shop, there are some compelling reasons not to buy them.

An optometrist must measure each eye to properly fit the lenses and evaluate how your eye responds to contact lens. A poor fit can cause serious eye damage, including:

  • Corneal scratches or infections
  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
  • Decreased vision
  • Blindness

Safety Guidelines

If you are determined to wear Halloween decorative contacts, the FDA suggests following these safety guidelines:

  1. Get an eye exam from an optometrist.
  2. Get a valid prescription for the contacts. Have your eye and lens properly measured and verify that an expiration date exists.
  3. Follow the directions carefully. This is important for cleaning, disinfecting and learning how to put the lenses into your eye.
  4. See your eye doctor right away if any of the following symptoms occur: redness, eye pain that does not go away after a short period of time and/or a decrease in vision.
  5. Never share contact lenses with someone else. Not only will the prescription be off, but you could wind up with conjunctivitis (pink eye).
Dr Rohit Bhaskar, Physio
Dr Rohit Bhaskar, Physio Hey, I am founder of Bhaskar Health and completed my Graduation in Physiotherapy from Uttar Pradesh University of Medical Sciences. My clinical interests are in Chest Physiotherapy, stroke rehab, parkinson’s and head injury rehab.

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