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Halloween is approaching and we know it is a holiday enjoyed by kids of all ages!  As you plan your Halloween costume we want to give some Halloween safety tips to make your holiday fun and avoid a trip to the ER or ophthalmologist’s office.

For children it is recommended:

  • Avoid masks that cover the eyes or line of vision.  If the eye slits are too small, use a scissor to widen the eye holes to allow for better peripheral vision.
  • If using make-up, check to verify that it is hypo-allergenic.  Test a small area on the skin to check for any reactions and follow the directions on the product. Remove make-up with cold cream, not soap.
  • Accessories, such as swords, should be soft, flexible and short.  This will help to prevent an injury if your child trips and falls.
  • Halloween costumes should not drape below the ankle or be a tripping hazard.  Adding reflective tape to the costume also helps your child to be more visible at night.

For adults:

  • As with children, avoiding masks that cover the eyes or line of vision and using hypo-allergenic make-up is highly recommended.
  • Do not buy decorative eye contacts without a prescription from your eye doctor!  Improper use of cosmetic lenses can lead to serious eye complications. These problems include bacterial infections, swelling, eye pain, sensitivity to light, conjunctivitis (pink eye), corneal scratches, corneal ulceration and even permanent loss of sight.
  • Do not use someone else’s or “lend” someone your prescription eye contacts.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to Dr. Wise, please call our office and schedule an appointment: 609.652.1010

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