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While it may be fun to dress as a pirate with an eye patch for one night, wearing a bandage over your eye for weeks because of an injury is another story.
Eye safety should be a year-round concern, but Halloween can pose additional hazards.
"You have to be extra vigilant at Halloween to keep the eyes free from injury," says emergency medicine physician Dino P. Rumoro, DO. "One of the last things you want to do on Halloween night is visit the emergency department."
During Halloween festivities, both children and adults should be careful of things that can injure the eye, including the following:
1. Sharp objects (fake knives, swords, spears, wands, etc.)
2. Things that may inadvertently poke your eye (feathers and other decorations with spines or wires)
3. Anything that may get in your eyes and irritate them (Halloween makeup, hair from wigs, glitter, etc.). And follow these make-up tips:
4. Cosmetic contact lenses. These may seem harmless, but they can do serious damage. So make sure to take these precautions:
Not only are your eyes at risk of injury, your body is also at risk if your eyes become obstructed. "Among the reasons for visits to the emergency department on Halloween are falls and injuries from not being able to see properly or when vision has been temporarily obstructed," says Rumoro.
You have to be extra vigilant at Halloween to keep the eyes free from injury. One of the last things you want to do on Halloween night is visit the emergency department.
That's why it's better for children to wear makeup rather than masks, which can get in the way of clear vision. You should also avoid:
You should secure any hats and scarves well, so that they don't become loose and obstruct vision.
Another way to enhance effective vision is to consider trick-or-treating only during the day. Not only will the kids be able to see better, they will be more visible to motorists.
"One of the most import things on Halloween, and any time you're out after dark, is to make yourself visible," says Rumoro. "If children are out in the evening they should wear light colors and reflective tape, and carry flashlights to increase their visibility."
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