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Halloween fun, eye injuries, Bissell Eye CareAs the leaves start to turn and the days get shorter, it becomes time to finalize your costume for Halloween. Are you ready for some Halloween parties? Costumes have gotten more complex as the years have gone by. There are a few things to keep in mind this year as you put the final touches on your costume.

Decorative or cosmetic contact lenses were introduced to the market a few years back and have gained popularity. While many people look at them as a prop or something that will simply change your eye color, remember that contact lenses are considered a medical device requiring a prescription. Places that sell decorative lenses without a prescription may give you few or no instructions on how to clean and care for your lenses. Failure to use the proper solution to keep contact lenses clean and moist can lead to infections. If you do choose to use them it is best to consult your eye doctor and even stop in for a quick visit and be sure that they fit properly.

Make up can be another unthought-of hazard to your eyes. Halloween is the one time of year where people can really become creative with makeup. Often when people put their Halloween face on, you are getting closer to your eyes than you normally would. While many people may not realize the danger to this, cosmetic makeup that is meant for the eye is tested and FDA approved. These types of makeup are less likely to injure the eye if it is accidently exposed. If you are planning using facial makeup be sure that it is hypoallergenic and safe to use near your eyes before you apply!

If using some type of mask, make sure you or your children are able to clearly see. Obstructive views can cause a trip hazard for young and old alike. Be sure that you costume allows you to adequately see, with large enough eye holes. Use approved makeup and contacts to create the best costume this year. Wishing you a safe and Happy Halloween!

About the author: John D. Bissell, owner of Bissell Eye Care and Tri-State Low Vision Services, offers comprehensive eye examinations for the entire family, ocular disease detection and treatment, eye glasses, sun glasses, active wear, contact lenses, and low vision examinations for those with significant vision loss. He has undergone specialized training for treatment of low vision by the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists utilizing customized telescopic eyeglasses, prisms and telescopic implants for patients who qualify. The practice accepts most types of vision and health insurance plans.