Halloween and Eye Safety

Halloween is a fun time of year! It is important to understand halloween and eye safety.

Your children (and even you!) may enjoy dressing up in fun costumes, having parties with friends and trick or treating.  Many children look forward to halloween the whole year.

Although halloween can be a fun time of year, there are many costumes that can involve colored contact lenses that can be dangerous for your eyes.  Many costumes can include masks, eye patches and goggles that can interfere with your range of vision.  This can make you more likely to trip and fall or injure your self in some other way.  Also, many costumes involve heavy facial makeup.  This makeup can get into your eyes and cause inflammation and irritation in your eyes.

The Facts

Costumes, although fun can be dangerous. There are  13,500 emergency room visits per year from contact lens injuries in children and teenagers.  Improper use of contact lenses can lead to serious eye infections and even blindness.  It is illegal to sell contact lenses over the counter without a doctor’s prescription.

How do I Safely Wear Contacts?

What do you do if you want to wear contact lenses at halloween?  Dr. Cindy Wang and I can fit you properly in contact lenses at the Eye Surgery Institute.  It is important that you learn how to care for contacts.  You need to wash your hands before handling them, make sure you do not sleep in then and use a multipurpose disinfecting solution to clean them.  It is important that you do not sleep in the contacts and not share them with others.

Make an Appointment!

Dr. Cindy Wang and I can perform a comprehensive eye examination to ensure the general health of your eyes.  We can fit the contact lenses and ensure they are safe on your eyes.  Contact lenses are also not just for costumes, they are a nice alternative to wearing your glasses!

Alaina Kronenberg MD
Eye Surgery Institute
15212 Michigan Ave
Dearborn, MI 48126

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