Halloween is approaching quickly and it’s time to create those photo-worthy costumes – but we want to ensure an eye infection isn’t a part of the ensemble. October is Halloween Eye Safety Month and below we have some helpful tips on how to make sure your child’s Halloween costume doesn’t leave complications for your kids vision.
1. Get an eye exam.
Don’t be haunted by an eye infection. If you’d like to obtain decorative lenses for a Halloween costume, make sure to get an eye exam so your eye doctor can give the proper prescription and provide you with information about the proper contact lens cleaning and care.
2. Get A Prescription For Decorative Lenses
The CDC and the American Academy of Ophthalmology recommend not to purchase decorative contact lenses from costume shops, online stores, beauty salons, drug stores, flea markets, or anywhere that doesn’t require a prescription. Make sure to see a doctor to get lenses properly fitted, so your child isn’t at risk for vision problems such as eye infections and eye sores which can lead to permanent vision loss. Learn more about decorative lenses here.
3. Be Mindful Of Makeup Use
Halloween makeup can be a fun way to enhance any costume, but it’s essential to not share makeup for the risk of eye infection. Practice good hygiene by taking off all makeup before bed and avoid using old, expired makeup. For eyelash extensions, it’s important to test for lash glue allergies and practice proper hygiene during application. See more about Halloween makeup safety
4. Have Fun!
Now that you’ve gotten your eye exam and your costume is complete, it’s time to go out and have fun. Enjoy your night knowing your child's eyes will look ‘cool’ and won’t cause any long-lasting effects after the fun is over.
Spread Awareness and Enjoy Spooky Season!
Make Halloween as memorable as possible for your child and spread the word to other parents about the importance of children’s eye health. If you are worried that your child might have myopia, often referred to as nearsightedness, head over to Treehouse Eyes where our doctors develop customized treatment plans for your child.
Our treatment includes daytime and overnight contact lenses and special prescription eye drops. You will be able to determine which treatment plan works the best for your child at the first consultation with your Eyes of New Mexico Family Optometry and Contact Lenses doctor. Schedule a consultation now to find out.