Hallowe’en eye safety

Woman with face painting

Hallowe’en is fast approaching and it’s a good time to remember some key eye safety points.

Cosmetic Contact Lenses – Be Safe, Not Sorry!

Cosmetic contact lenses are particularly popular at Halloween. Like contact lenses for visual correction, cosmetic contact lenses are classified as medical devices and can pose a risk of harm due to improper fit, use, or care. Complications can be serious, including vision loss.

If you can’t resist the allure of colourful contact lenses, be sure to purchase them from a licensed eye care professional. A prescription and proper instructions will help to minimize the risks associated with these medical devices. A licensed eye care professional can also ensure that the lenses are obtained from a licensed manufacturer.

If blurred vision, redness, discomfort, swelling or discharge occurs, stop using the lenses immediately and see your doctor of optometry. (You can contact our Almonte clinic or our Gloucester clinic if you are in the Ottawa area.)

Ensure Make-up Is Safe

Use products that are hypo-allergenic and make sure that any additives to the face paint are approved (check the recalls list at Health Canada if you are unsure).

When applying make-up near or around the eye, stay away from the lid, or lash line—the area where you would normally apply eye liner. If you are applying make-up very close to the eye, use only products approved for use in that area such as an eye-liner or eye shadow.

Don’t use blush or lip-liner to create a “red” effect, as some ingredients may not be approved for use in the eye and bacteria from the mouth can be transmitted to the eye.

Keep Costumes Safe

Avoid sharp or pointy objects such as swords in costumes. If your child must carry a sword, makes sure it is secured to the outfit. If your child does get poked in the eye, thoroughly inspect it for any signs of redness, decreased vision or pain.

Eye injuries may be more serious than they appear. If your child reports pain or blurred vision in the eye or if the eye is discoloured or bloodshot, you should take your child to see a doctor of optometry as soon as possible. Ensure masks don’t obstruct vision.

Be Seen After Dark

Use reflective tape and stickers on costumes and treat bags to increase visibility. Take a flashlight or wearable LED light so you can see and been seen.

Summer Hours begin this week

Fireworks and your eyes

Summer hours at both of our clinics mean early closures on Fridays (2pm) starting this Friday, 28 June and running throughout July and August. We wish you and yours a fun and safe Canada Day and a great summer ahead.

Tips for you and your family: Fireworks and eye safety | Summer fun & keeping safe

Statutory Holidays

We’re always closed for statutory holidays, including:

Canada Day (July 1st), the August Civic Holiday (August 5th) and Labour Day (September 2nd)

Almonte Saturday Openings

There are no Saturday openings in the summer. After a break in July and August, Saturday openings will resume on the following schedule in Almonte (8am to 2pm):

Sept 7, 21 | Oct 5, 19 | Nov 9, 16 | Dec 7, 21

Summer Fun & Keeping Safe

Summer eye safety tips

Canada Day may be behind us, but the love of fireworks seems to extend all summer long especially when celebrations are involved. Being outdoors and active comes with risks and when things go wrong, there can be serious damage— especially to your eyes.

Summer Eye Safety

UV Rays: Consider investing in a good pair of sunglasses with 100% UVA and UVB protection. The sun can cause cumulative and even irreversible damage to your eyes. UV exposure can contribute to the development of macular degeneration and cataracts, as well as cancers of the eyelids.

Sports: Our favourite summer sports can also be risky for our eyes. Remember to protect your eyes from flying objects when fishing, zip-lining, playing sports like badminton, and generally from the effects of wind, sand and sun. Snug-fitting, wrap style goggles will offer the best protection.

Alcohol: Broken glass and champagne corks aside, remember that alcohol and other forms of substance impairment can significantly increase the risk of injury.

Make the most of your favourite summer activities and look after your eyes at the same time. You’ll be glad you did!

If you have questions or concerns about your eyes this summer, please contact us.

Fireworks & Your Eyes

Fireworks and your eyes

It’s no surprise that the period surrounding Canada Day (June 20-July 20) is the busiest season for fireworks. It’s also a time when many people inadvertently put their eyes at risk. Burns and eye injuries are the most common risks and almost always result from improper handling and safety neglect.

If you choose to enjoy consumer fireworks, remember these key tips to keep yourself, your family and friends safe:

  • Do not allow children to operate fireworks and make sure appropriate adult supervision is provided. Did you know that sparklers are most associated with fireworks-related injuries in children under five?
  • Make sure you know the municipal by-laws regarding fireworks and to follow guidelines carefully.
  • Plan the order of fireworks before you begin.
  • Use a reliable firing base, like a pail filled with earth or sand and only light one firework at a time.
  • Keep a safe distance, choosing a large clear site away from any obstacles. Most fireworks come with minimum distance guidelines for spectators.
  • Never light a firework as you hold it unless it was designed for handheld use (e.g. sparklers).
  • Always light the fuse from the tip.
  • If a firework fails to ignite, wait at least 30 minutes before approaching it and never try to relight or reuse it.
  • Always have water at hand.
  • Wear appropriate protection. We recommend using safety goggles and gloves when operating fireworks.

Happy Canada Day!

Eye Safety at Home

Eye safety at home

When you consider that 50% of all eye injuries happen at home, a place we naturally consider to be safe, it’s worth stopping to think about eye safety at home.

The vast majority of eye injuries could be prevented through proper eye protection, whether mowing the lawn, cooking, cleaning or undertaking home repairs. We tend to forget to take precautions when doing chores or seemingly small tasks, but consider that 25% of all eye injuries result in time off work due to their severity!

Eye Safety Tips

Invest in a pair of CSA-certified safety glasses and use them around the house regularly. Inexpensive and available at most hardware / home building supply stores, this is a simple but effective first step.

Safety glasses will protect you and other family members from flying dust and debris, as well as chemical splashes. Don’t think that regular glasses will offer protection – you need proper safety eyewear.

  1. Review and follow the instructions for the safe handling of products (e.g. fertilizers, solvents) and equipment.
  2. Keep tools and equipment in good working order.
  3. Wash hands after completing tasks and chores, and before touching your eyes.
  4. Lawn mowing/Snow clearing: Inspect and remove debris from the lawn before mowing, and from the surface of the snow before blowing.
  5. Trim all low hanging branches from trees.
  6. Remember that screws, nails, and hand tools can become projectiles, and power tools can propel tiny chips into the air and into eyes.
  7. Remember to turn off power tools when anyone without appropriate protection is nearby, especially young children.
  8. Take care to store all products, chemicals and adhesives out of the reach of children.

It may seem like common sense, but also taking care with children’s toys and avoiding unnecessary risks can go a long way to protecting their developing eyes.

Finally, as we’re about to enter summer’s prime, remember that July is UV Safety Month.

Here’s to a safe and enjoyable summer!

If you do experience an eye emergency and it’s during our office hours, give us a call and we’ll do our utmost to see you quickly. Almonte: 613 256 0770 | Gloucester: 613 745 5588