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 places you want to be on Halloween night is visiting the emergency department."
During Halloween festivities, both children and adults should be careful of things that can injure the eye such as:
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.
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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