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De-Halloween your eyes, with help from our in-house optician

  • 30/10/2019

Competitive pumpkin carving. Themed dinner parties. Costumed kids banging at your door demanding the 'treats' you just engulfed on the sofa.

The 31st October rolls around once a year, and with enough scary surprises to have the majority of us nervously tucked up in bed by midnight, we're adamant not to let our eye health be one of them. Luckily our in-house optician, Anita, is keen to clarify the do's and don'ts when it comes to Halloween eye care.

Hey Anita! What's the deal with wearing coloured lenses on Halloween?

Halloween is on its way and so are cosmetic contact lenses. These lenses should be purchased from a registered retailer and you should be given instructions on how to use and look after them.

Ok, but what is it that makes them so risky?

Halloween lenses are usually painted, this makes them thicker and greatly reduces the amount of oxygen getting to the eye.

Is there any way we can minimise the chance of our eyes being affected by the lenses?

They may be fun but on a serious note, eye drops that are contact friendly should be used to help keep the eyes moist and these lenses should only be worn for a short time - absolutely do not fall asleep in them... no matter how exhausting your Halloween party was!

When it comes to taking off our Halloween eye make up, are there any tips you'd recommend? 

You should take time to carefully remove your eye make up everyday, not just on Halloween. Makeup can harm your eyes by blocking the ducts of the glands that help produce tears, which are important to keep your eyes moist. If your eye make up has been especially heavy (I'm looking at the face painted witches, 'Jokers' or Adams family characters out there) then it's especially important that you set aside time to do this at the end of your evening!

Thanks Anita - Happy Halloween!