HALLOWEEN EYE HAZARDS By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care with offices in Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin
Halloween is such a great time of the year…the beautiful fall colors, the crispness in the air, the endless candy supply and of course the cute children in the Halloween costumes. However, with all the fun, there could be some potential eye hazards that are important to be aware of.
A popular costume trend of late is the decorative contact lens. Because people can buy them over the counter or on the internet, it is believed that a contact lens fitting or proper care is not necessary. This is WRONG. Unfortunately, these “one size fits all” novelty contacts are not professionally fitted and could cause pain, infections, scratches or even permanent corneal scarring and vision loss. It is important to realize that these costume products are being sold illegally and are not FDA-approved. By federal law ALL contact lenses are considered to be a medical device, only to be distributed by licensed eye-care professionals after determining the proper fit and prescription.
Other Halloween activities can also lead to eye injuries. Unfortunately, what may seem like a harmless traditional game, like apple bobbing, could lead to scratches on the surface of the eye and infections from dirty water. Lanterns and glow sticks can also cause dangerous but avoidable accidents. Hitting the edge of a lantern may lead to a corneal abrasion or the chemicals within a broken glow stick could damage the eye.
This holiday just take a little bit of extra care while having fun! Happy Halloween from all of us at Lakeshore Eye Care!
Dr. Martha Jay is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist (Eye Physician & Surgeon) specializing in small incision cataract surgery and blade-free LASIK. For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.LakeShoreVision.com.