October is Halloween Eye Safety Month

Halloween is approaching quickly and it’s time to create those photo-worthy costumes – ensure that eye safety and health are 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 kid’s 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

5. 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 at Clarendon Vision where our doctors develop customized treatment plans for children.

 

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. Schedule a consultation now to find out more by calling 630-323-7300 or online.

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