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  1. Do Not Wear Over-The-Counter Cosmetic Contact Lenses

The American Academy of Ophthalmology strongly recommends against wearing over-the-counter decorative contact lenses. A recent study found that several varieties of non-prescription contact lenses tested positive for chlorine, metal, and other harmful chemicals. It is illegal to sell contact lenses without a valid prescription, as they have not been approved by FDA for safety and effectiveness. Despite this, they are still sold online and in many beauty stores this time of year. 

These non-prescribed, decorative contact lenses have been known to cause blindness, corneal infection, conjunctivitis, decreased vision, and pain. If you are going to purchase cosmetic lenses for your Halloween costume, buy them from retailers that require a prescription and only sell FDA-approved lenses. You can obtain a valid prescription and an eye exam from a certified ophthalmologist.

  1. Avoid Eye Glitter

Costume makeup, including glitter, is generally not formulated for the eye. Metallic, glitter, and sparkle powder can get into the tear film and cause corneal infection, especially for contact lens wearers. Only use cosmetics that are designed for use around the eyes, and don’t apply products containing untested or harsh chemicals.

  1. Use Caution With Toy Weapons

Pretend swords, knives, and any other objects with pointed edges should always be made of a soft foam or foam-like material. This is especially important for children who have difficulty controlling long objects, and will be running around with them in the dark. Ensuring that any props are soft and flexible helps minimize the risk of eye injuries to yourself and other children. 

  1. Use Hypoallergenic Makeup

Makeup in the eye can cause infection and injury, so be sure that any makeup you apply to yourself or on your child’s face is hypoallergenic, and always steer clear of the lash-line. Thoroughly remove the makeup at the end of the night with either soap and water or cold cream.

  1. Skip The Glow Sticks

The liquid contents inside of glow sticks can cause serious eye pain and infection, and can also irritate the skin if it is splashed or spilled. Opt for flashlights if you’re going to be outside after sunset, as they provide much better illumination and do not pose an ocular threat. 

The eye specialists at Everett & Hurite are committed to providing high quality eye care to patients of all ages. Our pediatric ophthalmologists are equipped to help children with any and all eye care needs. We have 10 offices conveniently located in Western Pennsylvania. Request an appointment with one of the physicians or call 412-288-0858.