Halloween, a day celebrated by adult and children alike wearing their favorite costumes, especially fitted for this day. But Halloween excitement can quickly turn to Halloween nightmare.
It is this time of year Wills Eye doctors sees an increase in eye problems.” Consumers purchase potentially harmful unregulated colored contact lenses from the internet or in stores to change eye color or make the colored part of the eye appear bigger.” This can be very dangerous, as the consumer may develop “potentially blinding corneal ulcers, abrasions, or the contact lenses may slip due to poor fit inside the eye, and sometimes can be irretrievable.”
Willis Eye doctors also advise about the dangers of costumes and masks which obscure vision preventing kids from seeing where they are going. Halloween outfits in stores are not tailored to fit kids perfectly.
Here are a few safety tips Wills Eye doctors offer:
- Only buy decorative contact lenses from an eye care professional such as an ophthalmologist or retailer that sells FDA approved products.
- If you don’t already have a valid contact lens prescription, obtain a valid new prescription, even for those with perfect vision, an eye exam and prescription are mandatory in order to fit the right size contacts.
- Do not believe “one size fits all” or no need to see an eye specialist.
- Never share contact lenses with another person or wear expired lenses. Daily disposables are the safest ones to use.
- Don’t share eye make-up or draw a line inside the rim of the eye. This can often clog the tear ducts and create painful even dangerous infections. If you notice redness, swelling excessive discharge, pain or discomfort from wearing contact lenses, remove the lenses immediately and seek medical attention right away. Eye infections can be caused by bacteria, fungi or parasites and keratitis can quickly become serious and cause blindness if left untreated.
If your child chooses to wear a mask, the safest method is wearing it on the top of the head instead of covering eyes which can put them in danger of not seeing out on the streets.