Zombie or devil contact lenses may elevate a Halloween costume’s fright factor, but wearing them without a prescription could result in something far more terrifying – blindness. The Kleinsorge Family Eye Care joins the American Academy of Ophthalmology in urging Halloween shoppers to understand the risks of wearing over-the-counter contact lenses. [Read more…]
HALLOWEEN EYE SAFETY: Five Precautions to Remember
- COSTUMES/MASKS. Keep wigs, eye patches and headbands AWAY from eyes to allow clear vision and avoid irritation. Masks should have openings wide enough for 180-degree arc.
- MAKEUP. Hypoallergenic! Avoid putting makeup close to the eyes!
- PROPS. Avoid costumes with sharp edges like spears, swords, and magic wands. These can easily poke an eye.
- VISIBILITY. YOUNG GHOSTS AND GOBLINS NEED TO SEE CLEARLY! Others should see them as well. Choose brightly colored costumes and fabrics with reflective tape. Flashlights with new batteries are great!
- COSMETIC CONTACT LENSES. These should be prescribed…never buy over the counter
Hunting, Fishing, Hiking, Golf, Tennis, Track & Field, & Bicycling
These are all low-risk for injury due to flying objects, but any outdoor activity carries the risk of long-term eyesight damage due to sunlight. Participants should wear performance sunglasses with polarized lenses that have anti-scratch and anti-fog coatings. If they like to crowd the net, goggles might be a better choice for your budding Wimbledonians. Skiers and snowboarders should choose ski goggles or wraparound sunglasses with polarized, mirror-coated lenses. [Read more…]
Fireworks injuries cause approximately 10,000 visits to the emergency department each year. Most of those visits involve children who suffer thousands of eye injuries.1 Though the most disabling injuries occur with illegal firecrackers, most injuries are caused by legal fireworks parents buy for their children, such as sparklers, firecrackers, bottle rockets, and Roman candles.
Eyesight is perhaps the most treasured and fragile of the human senses. Take care of your eyes and do all you can to protect this precious gift by preventing eye diseases and accidents.
Ways to Protect Your Eyesight
- Get regular eye exams. Early detection and treatment is vital to managing eye diseases that have no noticeable symptoms in the early stages. Eye exams can also help identify other health issues like diabetes.
- Understand how aging affects your eyes. Vision deteriorates with age and we become more prone to eye disease, but by taking care of your eyes, you can help slow down or reverse this process. Early treatment can prevent or reverse vision loss from age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
- Quit smoking. Smoking increases your risk for AMD and eye cancers. If you’re finding it difficult to quit on your own, talk with your doctor to develop a cessation plan that will work for you.
- Eat a balanced diet. Antioxidants like vitamins C and E help protect your eyes from some of the effects of aging. Eat your carrots plus lots of leafy green vegetables and fruits.
- Shield your eyes from the sun. Your eyes need protection from the sun just as your skin does. Excessive exposure can cause cancer and cataracts. Wear sunglasses and hats year round.
- Follow your doctor’s recommendations. Managing diabetes, high blood pressure, and cholesterol levels are important for your eyes as well as your overall well being. If you have any of these conditions, your doctor can instruct you on treatments and lifestyle changes.