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Q: What are some ways to keep my eyes safe when dressing up for Halloween?

Posted October 16, 2013 in Advice Column, Grimes

A: Halloween. A time for tricks and treats and things that go bump in the night. But according to Dr. Howie, Halloween can also be a time of sight-related hazards. Dr. Howie offers these tips to ensure a safe and happy Halloween.

“Decorating the face with makeup approved for the skin is almost always preferable to masks,” Dr. Howie explains. “The eyeholes on the mask can be too small to allow full vision, or the mask shift during wear and obstruct sight”

Dr. Howie adds that it is important that the makeup be approved for use on the skin, and that care should be taken to keep the makeup away from the eyes when putting it on and taking it off.

Decorative contact lenses that make the eyes look like cat eyes or with wild designs are generally safe, says Dr. Howie.

“But remember that any contact lens is a medical device and must be prescribed by and worn under the supervision of an eye doctor. Do not buy contact lenses from any unauthorized outlet,” Dr. Howie adds. “A contact lens that is not fitted or worn improperly can cause serious eye problems like corneal ulcers, corneal abrasion or conjunctivitis”

Information provided by Dr. Matthew Howie, O.D., Total Family Eye Care, 1451 S.E. Third St., Suite 400 Grimes, 986-1234,,

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