As noted by Kristina Tarczy-Hornoch, M.D., there are several tips parents should be aware of before letting your child roam around for candy.
- Don’t wear decorative (non-prescription) contact lenses
This addition to costumes is on the rise, especially amongst teenagers, but it’s causing a major concern for eye doctors.
It’s against the federal law to sell contact lenses in unlicensed outlets such as costume and party stores, but it’s sometimes loosely followed. These decorative lenses may be made from inferior plastic or contain toxic dyes.
Eye infections can become a major concern for those who improperly wear and handle the contact lenses. It can rapidly develop into corneal ulcers and possible blindness.
If blurred vision, redness, discomfort, swelling or discharge occurs, discontinue use of the contact lens immediately and see a physician sooner rather than later.
- Only use make-up approved by the FDA on the face and around the eyes
If your child plans on wearing face paint and make-up, please use a hypo-allergenic brand and pay close attention to the label.
When applying make-up near or around the eye, stay away from the lid margin (lash line). If you decide to use make-up close to your eyes, please use only products approved for use in that area such as eye-liner or eye shadow.
Remove the make-up with cold cream instead of soap and water. Rinse your eye with water if make-up gets into it. See an eye care professional as soon as possible if redness or irritation persists.
- Avoid swords and other pointed objects on kids’ costumes
We’ve heard before, a child telling his parent that they need a sword, knife, spear or wand to complete their costume. It may be true, but a serious eye injury can occur if one of those pointed objects hits a child’s eye or someone else.
If your pirate needs a sword, find a belt carrier where it can stay safely nestled while he or she roams the neighborhood. You should buy or construct only accessories made of soft or flexible materials.
If your child does get poked in the eye, you should inspect it for signs of redness, decreased vision or pain. Eye injuries may be more serious than they appear. You should take your child to the doctor if he or she reports pain or blurred vision or if the eye is discolored or bloodshot.