Jeepers peepers! Halloween eye care tips

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Carved pumpkins

Autumn might be our favourite season at The Wright Eyewear Company.

Beautiful bronze tree leaves, crisp fresh air and brisk walks in the woods during the ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’ bring out our poetic side.

But it’s the Halloween celebrations that really make this pre-winter period so spook-tacular. And if you’re anything like us, you’ll enjoy dressing up in blood-curdling costumes with your kids.

But frightful fancy dress attire can damage your eyes — so read our top tips to stay safe.

Coloured contact lenses

Coloured cosmetic contacts have become popular at Halloween in recent years and it’s easy to understand why — they add a creepy edge to any costume that takes it to the
next spine-chilling level.

But if you don’t already have coloured contact lenses prescribed by your optician, we’d advise you that they’re probably best avoided.

By law, novelty lenses that make you look like a cat, cyborg or corpse should still be dispensed by optometrists or medical professionals. And substandard items purchased online or at a market stall could cause anything from an uncomfortable itch to a painful ulcer.

Our tip: skillfully applied make-up can look just as menacing — check out this step-by-step guide to scary eyes.

Spooky glasses

In some ways, wearing weird and wonderful non-prescription glasses to Halloween celebrations is possibly safer than low-quality contacts.

And there’s a certain appeal to frames that let you potter about like a wizard or dance like a decaying zombie.

Our tips: if you usually rely on prescription lenses, the lack of depth perception with joke shop eyewear might cause you to go bump in the night, while any glasses that actually block your vision should be avoided altogether.

Bonfire night

You should also be cautious on Bonfire Night on 5th November — fireworks are fun, but they can cause eye injuries.

Our tips: ideally, only attend organised fireworks displays, but if you’re organising your own event, only use fireworks that comply with British Standard BS 114, keep them in a secure metal box, only use one at a time and never return to a lit firework.

And last but not least, ensure children are kept at a safe distance that’s well away from any possible trajectory path.

Halloween should be thrilling and chilling — but avoid truly scary eye injuries this year by following our safety tips.

Call us about elegant eyewear and excellent eye care on 0208 309 7933.

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