6 Ways to Keep Your Child’s Eyes Safe This Halloween

Halloween can be one of the most fun nights of the year for your children.  Unfortunately, its also a time where we see an increase in eye injuries at the office.  I’m not talking about the kind you create with stage makeup.  Unfortunately, we see more infections, allergic reactions and injuries to the eye as a result of Halloween activities.

 

Here are some ways to keep their eyes out of harm’s way:

 

  1. Use only FDA approved cosmetics around the eye area. It's also potentially harmful to use last year’s leftover makeup as well.  Make sure to wash all traces of makeup off with a mild cleanser before they go to sleep.
  2. Carry a flashlight or other light source. You don’t want any unexpected trips, falls or collisions with landscaping.
  3. Cosmetic contact lenses should only be used under the guidance of an eye care professional and NEVER ever be slept in. Every year there are reports of sight threatening infections due to improper use of contact lenses.
  4. Make sure your children wear something that is easy to spot or reflective. You want to make sure they are seen easily by people on the road
  5. Costume props can be fun, but do not allow your children carry pointed or sharp objects. Who can resist having a sword fight when you look the part?
  6. While masks or eye patches can make a costume realistic, they can obstruct your child’s peripheral vision and be dangerous. Make sure your child can see comfortably out of their costume.

To schedule an appointment or get more information, please call Dr. Burke or any of our other Physicians at 702-896-6043.

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