Halloween is a fun holiday, but it can be fraught with danger. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than twice as many children are killed in pedestrian/car accidents on Halloween between the hours of 4–10 p.m. as compared to the same hours on other days throughout the year.
Eye safety is also a big concern on Halloween night. Children’s costumes may seem adorable, but some of them can cause eye trouble. To protect your child’s eyes this Halloween, be sure to adhere to the following eye safety tips.
Beware of costume contact lenses
Many kids want costumes that include different colored eyes. You must use caution when selecting colored lenses because many decorative lenses include cheap plastic materials or toxic dyes. Also, kids unfamiliar with wearing contacts may not insert or remove them correctly. Your child could scratch her cornea, have an allergic reaction, get an eye infection, or even go blind. However, if she insists on wearing contacts for Halloween, get a proper examination and prescription from your eye doctor. If your child experiences eye redness, vision blurriness, or eye discomfort, visit an eye care professional immediately.
Keep makeup away from your child’s eyes
Products referred to as “makeup” may not be intended for your child’s eyes. Always avoid applying makeup, other than eyeliner and eye shadow, in the lid margin and lash line. Also, avoid dying eyebrows or eyelashes. This can cause an allergic reaction, irritation, or swelling around the eye area.
Apply false eyelashes cautiously.
Before applying false eyelashes, make sure they were stored in a clean area to prevent the growth of bacteria. When applying, use caution keep the adhesive away from your child’s cornea. Make sure the lashes are secure and remove immediately after use.
Don’t include sharp props with your child’s costume.
Spears or knifes may look great with pirate outfits, but they can cause serious eye injuries. If you insist on using an accessory with your child’s costume, find something made out of soft, flexible materials.
Make sure costumes fit properly
Don’t let your child wear masks or large hats that block her vision. She must be able to see at all times to watch out for cars, other people, or Halloween-themed house decorations on the ground. Properly fitted costumes can help ensure your child doesn’t trip and fall while out trick-or-treating.