With Halloween around the corner, there are so many exciting costume possibilities for outfits, makeup, and gore! At MyClearEyes, we are fans of dressing up too and want to extend a friendly reminder to our patients on keeping your ghoulish options eye-safe to ensure a fun and healthy All Hallow’s Eve. We have created a list of four things to keep in mind when getting ready for this year’s frightening festivities:
- Pigments. There are many fun-colored pigments on the market, but that does not always translate to eye-safe. According to the FDA, there are eight approved colors for cosmetic usage, and none are recommended for the eye area. Their names are D&C Orange No. 5, No. 10, and No. 11; D&C Red No. 21, No. 22, No. 27 and No. 28; and D&C Yellow No. 7.
- Glitter. It is crucial to use glitter that is intended to be used around the eyes. Craft glitter consists of chunkier, unsafe particles, and its usage can lead to a whole host of serious injuries or conditions, including corneal ulcers, conjunctivitis, corneal edema, allergic reaction, abrasion from a poor lens fitting, decline in visual acuity, and light sensitivity.
- Luminescent colors. These are colors that glow in the dark. The FDA approves luminescent zinc sulfide for limited cosmetic use, and it is the single luminescent color allowed for cosmetic use. However, the FDA states that it is not for daily use, and nor should it go anywhere near your eyes. Luminescent colors are notable through their white/green/yellow glow.
- Contacts. While cat eyes or other exciting designs might seem like a good idea, there are safer alternatives to spicing up your costume. Decorative contact lenses are not recommended for use and should be tightly monitored through your eye healthcare professional. The FDA recommends contacting your optometrist to get advice about using the contact lenses, obtain a valid prescription and get accurately fitted, and follow up with your optometrist.
No matter the winnings involved with this year’s costume contest, nothing is worth risking your eye health! If you have any questions or concerns regarding your ghoulish garb, our knowledgeable optical staff at MyClearEyes is ready and eager to help you find the perfect solution so that you can enjoy the frightening fun for this year, and the rest to come!