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Treat Your Eyes this Year: Halloween Safety Month

There are no tricks and only treats for your eyes this year. Halloween is near; whether you think about it or not, you must treat your eyes carefully. For Halloween Safety Month, we want to review all of the ways your eyes, and your family’s eyes, might be at risk. We have several tips to make this year’s best and safest Halloween for your eyes and vision.

EyeCare Associates in Alabama wants you to enjoy all the candy and costumes this Halloween Safety Month. Here is how you can stay safe this year!

Choose Costumes Wisely

What’s Halloween without the perfect costume? When you and your family are picking out costumes this year, take extra time to consider how the costumes might affect your eyes or vision. One of the most noticeable elements of a costume to avoid is pointy or sharp accents. These can easily poke people in the eyes if you’re not careful. 

On top of sharp elements, you want to look for costumes that won’t obstruct your vision. This means that you should try to avoid masks if possible. We also recommend avoiding colored or decorative contact lenses. If you must wear them, ensure they’re approved by the FDA and properly fitted by an eye doctor.

Costume Props Can Be Dangerous

Although many costumes come with weapons and props, they can be very dangerous for your eyes. Wands and swords might seem fun initially, but they can do much damage if not handled properly. If your costume or kids’ costumes require props or weapons, ensure everything is handled responsibly. Costume props should not be swung around or used as weapons. You can cause significant and minor eye damage by hitting somebody in the eye with a prop.

Keep an Eye on Your Kids

You want to monitor your kids to ensure their safety during Halloween. If you and the kids plan on trick-or-treating, watch them closely to ensure they don’t get lost or wander into busy streets. Most Halloween excitement happens at night, so it will be dark out! Keep that in mind when you’re enjoying the holiday.

Be Smart with Makeup and Masks

If you use anything on your face, you’ll want to ensure it’s safe to use! Many great costumes require makeup and masks, and you’ll want to ensure you use them safely. If using makeup, you should splurge for higher-quality products. Those will be safer to use on your face. If the costume has a mask, it needs to fit correctly. Your vision might become obstructed if it’s too big or too small. It can also shift around while walking around. If you or your children decide between makeup or a mask, we recommend using makeup. Masks are more likely to obstruct vision.

Use Lights

Halloween is a night of lights. On top of lighting up your pumpkins and decorations, you should use lights when you’re going from house to house. One of the most important things you can do is bring flashlights and glow sticks while you’re out and about. This will help light up sidewalks and keep everybody safe.

Decorate Safely

Turning your home into a Halloween haunt can be a blast, especially for trick-or-treaters looking for a fun fright. However, it’s essential to remain mindful of potential eye risks. Ensure decorations aren’t in pathways to prevent tripping or falling over. You should also avoid using decorations with pointed edges. You don’t want anybody running into sharp objects. Most importantly, keep your house well-lit so everybody can see where they are going.

Drink Plenty of Water

Staying hydrated might not be the first thing on your mind during Halloween. Still, it’s vital for your overall health, including your eyes. You could feel tired despite all the exciting activities like trick-or-treating and parties. And if you’re not drinking enough water, your eyes might become dry and uncomfortable, especially with costumes and makeup. Keep an eye on the kids, too, as they can tire out faster than adults. Remember, drinking plenty of water throughout the festivities will keep you feeling good and your eyes and body healthy.

Contact EyeCare Associates in Alabama Today

While Halloween is a time for enjoying with loved ones, prioritizing safety is essential. Follow these safety tips so everybody can have a fun and safe Halloween. The team at EyeCare Associates is here to help you with all your eye care needs. We have locations all across Alabama. No matter where you are in the state, quality eye care and comprehensive eye exams are never far away! Call or click today for questions about Halloween Safety Month or your eye health. Reach out to schedule an appointment at EyeCare Associates! 

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