Trick or treat?

October 28th, 2015 by Carolina Eye Associates

When it comes to Halloween, we all love a scary costume, but avoid a truly frightening eye injury by taking precautions with the following tips to enjoy the year’s spookiest celebration:

  • Avoid decorative contact lenses. The American Academy of Ophthalmology warns that over-the-counter decorative lenses can cause pain, inflammation, serious infection and permanent vision loss. Never buy cosmetic contact lenses without a prescription from a professional – not only is it dangerous, it is against the law.
  • Avoid pointed props such as swords, spears or wands, which can be a danger to the eyes. If your child does get poked in the eye, thoroughly inspect it for any signs of redness, decreased vision or pain. Eye injuries may be more serious than they appear. If your child reports pain or blurred vision in the eye or if the eye is discolored or bloodshot, take your child to see a doctor as soon as possible.
  • When using makeup or face paint, be sure that it is hypoallergenic and that any color additives to the face paint are FDA approved. When applying makeup near or around the eye, stay away from the lid margin, or lash line and don’t use blush or lip-liner to create a “red” effect, as some ingredients may not be approved for use in the eye and bacteria from the mouth can be transmitted. Remove makeup with cold cream instead of soap and water. If makeup gets into the eye, rinse it with cool water.

Enjoy and Happy Halloween to you and your little goblins from Carolina Eye Associates!

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