See and Be Seen This Halloween
It’s here again! The day arrives with great fanfare in the Tiede household. What to wear? Where to go? What candy should we offer? With whom and when to trick-or-treat? Parties, food and fun kick off the holiday season all across our communities this evening. With all the excitement, it is easy to lose sight of personal and eye safety.
Halloween presents a couple of considerations for you and your family. Selecting a costume and understanding its inherent safety limitations is critical. Although fun, placing a bandage, a mask or a different hairstyle can significantly reduce your field of vision. Mix this with evening time, walking along streets, curbs, and various neighborhood obstacles can present hazards. Simply having a costume that does not limit your natural vision can improve eye safety. The last place you want to be this evening is finding yourself seeking medical attention.
As obvious as seeing well out of your costume is, being seen is just as important. Often a dark or poor contrasting outfit makes if difficult to be seen by traffic. Bright costumes aid your ability to be seen by others in the community. And if a completely dark costume is what you prefer, have a flashlight or glow sticks on hand to make your presence known. My kids enjoyed special pumpkin flashlights, which they found fun while making the experience safer.
I always enjoy watching all the various costumes that make their rounds. It doesn’t take long to see plenty of sharp objects. They are everywhere! Wands, swords, spears and similar props can present dangers for the unsuspecting trick or treater. Good common sense with adult supervision can help improve personal and eye safety.
Contact lenses seem to be more popular every year. For optimal eye safety, make sure whomever is wearing the lenses has a prescription and is trained in proper contact lens wear to include storage, cleaning, replacement, and hygiene.
So before the festivities begin, take a moment to think about “seeing and being seen.” I wish you and your family a wonderful day full of fun, safety, and no cavities!
Chad Tiede, O.D. – October 2015