Protect Your Eyes When Getting Ready for Spooky Fun
This is Halloween Safety Month, and Glenn K. Davis, II, MD offers some timely tips for keeping your eyes safe. From makeup effects to other types of cosmetic appliances, you could be placing your eyes in jeopardy. We want our neighbors of all ages to celebrate Halloween safely from start to finish.
The Spookier the Better This Halloween Safety Month
Let’s be honest, special effects have come a long way from a few years ago. There are stores and websites devoted to celebrating Halloween in cute and amazingly scary ways. The spookier the better, right? But nobody counts on some of the many ways these decorations, costumes, makeup, and other effects may impact your eyes.
Years ago, the most challenging part of a costume was whether the eye holes were large enough to see through. Today, layers of makeup combined with decorative contact lenses can cause a variety of eye infections and more. This is why the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) encourages us to be Eye Smart.
Decorative Cosmetic Lenses – Beware of The Enhancements
We have talked before about the hazards of decorative cosmetic lenses. The AAO again warns wearers to seek out quality appliances for your eyes. Purchasing any special type of contact lens without a prescription could be a prescription for complications.
The AAO also reminds us:
Non-Prescription Costume Contacts Are Illegal
It’s illegal to sell any contact lenses without a prescription in the United States. All contact lenses are medical devices that require a prescription and proper fitting by an eye-care professional. “Many of the lenses found online or in beauty salons, novelty shops, or in pop-up Halloween stores are not FDA-approved and are being sold illegally,” Dr. Steinemann said. Retailers that sell contacts without a prescription are breaking the law and could be fined for each violation.
Never buy colored contact lenses from a retailer who doesn’t ask for a prescription.
Decorative lenses may look intriguing and enhance the look of your eyes. However, take the time to speak with a professional like Dr. Davis. You may admire a celebrity’s spooky look, but they take the time to find the best accessories—so should you.
‘Easy to Apply’ Eye Makeup and More
Eye makeup is another way to enhance the eyes, eyelids, brows, and more to gain added effects with various costumes. As with contacts, be sure to purchase eye-safe cosmetics and practice a few other safety precautions. While manufacturers may label makeup as ‘easy to apply,’ make sure it does not affect sensitive parts of the eye.
Glitter Can Get Everywhere
Quality makeup manufacturers spend much time testing their products to ensure they are safe for most people to use. The same is not always true for the costume makeup industry. For the safety of your eyes, the AAO encourages us to beware of glittery makeup.
Anyone working with glitter knows it can get ‘everywhere.’ The metallic sparkles can flake off onto clothing and more. Pieces of glitter or sparkles can also go into the eye and cause irritations. If you are a contact lens wearer, this could lead to an eye infection.
Taking Off Makeup and Appliances Carefully
Read all directions to ensure you know how to take off the eye makeup. This bit of advice can be crucial if you happen to develop an allergic reaction to it. Be sure to have a variety of removal options at your disposal. Have cotton balls and swabs handy, along with any other recommended removers like Vaseline, baby oil, or baby shampoo.
Avoid scratching your eye and the sensitive areas around it while applying and removing the makeup. If you have had any recent procedures on your eyes, your doctor may likely advise you to avoid makeup. Ask for professional advice before planning your costume.
Halloween Safety Month and Eye Safety
Remember this Halloween Safety Month the daily eye safety precautions you take every day. Eye health and hygiene are always important, no matter what festive occasion you celebrate. You may be tempted try someone else’s makeup, even among close friends or family, but please don’t. This simple tip could be one of the smartest things to do for the safety of your eyes.
Caring for your eyes means not sharing make up, applicators, or other used appliances. This is true at Halloween and any time of the year. We admire the light and sparkle in another person’s eyes. Using products safely helps you to avoid contamination and a host of eye problems that can accompany it.
For excellence in eye care, schedule your appointment with Glenn K. Davis, II, M.D., today. Call our offices in Pulaski, (540) 980-1965, or Galax, (276) 236-8307, and stay in touch by liking us on Facebook. Be sure to revisit our blog for future updates and tips on Halloween Safety Month and more.