For many of us, applying cosmetics is just part of the morning routine, but it’s easy to forget that eye makeup can cause unwanted problems.
There are three fairly simple rules to remember if you want to take care of your eyes – and your family members’ eyes – this winter.
1) UV Protection is just as important in the winter as in summer. Sunglasses are always a good choice, but it’s possible to get additional UV protection with both your eye wear and some contact lenses. You can also protect your eyes with a good hat, or limit your time outside on glaringly sunny days when snow is on the ground, as harmful UV rays are bounced right into your eyes under these conditions.
2) Hydration matters. If you wear contact lenses, you may find they dry out more quickly in the winter. Take care and lubricate more frequently. At home you may find that humidifying the air keeps you and your eyes more comfortable. Eye drops can help eyes that are particularly scratchy and uncomfortable. Ask your Optometrist for help choosing the best ones if you’re not sure.
3) Get advice if you’re finding that the winter months are harder on your eyes. A conversation with your Optometrist can help.
Have a safe and comfortable winter season!
Halloween Safety Tips
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.