28.10.2010

Masks and candles "a danger to vision" this Halloween

Masks and candles "a danger to vision" this Halloween

By Alexa Kaczka

People with children need to ensure that they take precautions to protect the vision of their offspring this Halloween, an expert has warned.

Dr Matthew Gardiner, director of emergency ophthalmology services at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, warned that masks worn by children and the candles they hold can both endanger the eyes.

He noted that masks impair peripheral vision and increase the risk of walking into something, while the flames from candles can be dangerous if held too close.

The expert added: "Always make sure to use hypo-allergenic makeup. Keep in mind that makeup does tend to run so it is recommended to bring a cloth when trick-or-treating to wipe any makeup that may get near the eye."

In other eye advice, Dr Christine Sindt, chair of the American Optometric Association's contact lens and cornea section, recently said that it is important to follow manufacturer instructions and ensure any products are purchased from a reputable contact lenses supplier.

by Adrian Galbreth


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