October is Halloween Safety Month.  In observance of this month the staff and doctors at Fort Lauderdale Eye Institute urge you to take these precautions:

  1. Use makeup instead of masks when possible. Masks can block your vision and prevent you from seeing objects that are in front of you or coming towards you – this is especially true with eye patches and big floppy hats or wigs.
  2. If your children are wearing hats, scarves or wigs, make sure they are pinned or tied securely so that they don’t slip over their eyes.
  3. Refrain from wearing cosmetic contact lenses, especially those that aren’t prescribed. They may not be sterile and could cause complications such as, bacterial infections, eye pain, sensitivity to light, pink eye (conjunctivitis), corneal ulceration and other conditions that can lead to permanent vision loss if left untreated.
  4. Do not share your contact lenses with friends.
  5. Be extra careful with young children and props such as swords, wands, or spears that have pointed tips – they could accidentally poke themselves or others in the eye.
  6. Wear reflective clothing so that you are more visible to motorists.
  7. If you light candles or jack-o’-lanterns, keep them away from areas where people will be walking, especially porches and steps. Costumes could brush up against them and ignite.  Also make sure to keep flames away from curtains or other flammable materials or decorations.
  8. Inspect all treats (candy, etc.) before you allow your children to eat them.
  9. If your children are under three years of age, remove any lollipops or treats with sticks or toys that could pose a choking hazard.
  10. Carry a flashlight to improve visibility

Have a safe and happy Holiday!