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    Don’t let bad beauty habits suck the fun out of Halloween

    The views expressed here belong to the author. They do not necessarily represent the views of Optometry Times or UBM Medica.

    Whether your Halloween makeup plans are glamorous or ghoulish, incorrect makeup practices are frightful for eye health.

    The Dry Eye Divas have compiled a FLASH fast checklist to keep your patients’ eyes from looking bloodshot red and inflamed this Halloween.


    Costume makeup should be theater- or professional-grade and fresh. Do not re-use last year’s makeup or share makeup with.

    Always use a fresh sponge and clean brushes to apply your zombie foundation.

    Old makeup has expired and should be buried in the graveyard. Dirty brushes are filled with creepy-crawlies. Beware of the bug and bacteria buildup. Don’t invite Demodex to your Halloween party.

    Children’s makeup should also be high quality, and each child should have her own products or at least her own brushes for application.

    The Breast Cancer Fund sent Halloween face paints to an independent laboratory looking for the presence of heavy metals (arsenic, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury) and volatile organic compounds (VOC).  About 50 percent of products were found to contain heavy metals, and 20 percent of products contained VOC.1

    VOC chemicals have long-term complications, including reproductive toxicity, endocrine disruption, and possible carcinogens. These chemicals are terrifying and have no place in Halloween makeup marketed to children or adults!  




    Unless you are dressing as Snuffalupagus, just say no to crazy fake eyelashes. If your child wants to be a Sesame Street character, suggest The Count. Plus, the Morticia fantasy eye makeup look is tempting until you consider the terrorizing of the ocular surface. 

    If you have dry eye disease, avoid false eyelashes, eyelash extensions, and adhesives.

    The lash extensions will funnel the chilly and howling full moon wind toward your eyes and create irritation and extra dryness. The adhesives contains corneal nerve-irritating formaldehyde and volatile chemical-containing fumes. Frankenstein’s laboratory brews the evil witchy brew of meibomian-gland-terrifying toxins necessary to strip the lashes from your lids.

    Leslie E O’Dell, OD, FAAO
    Leslie E. O’Dell, OD, FAAO, is the director of Dry Eye Center of PA and Wheatlyn Eye Care in Manchester, PA. Dr. O’Dell lectures ...
    Laura M. Periman, MD
    Laura M. Periman, MD, is a refractive surgery- and medical cornea-trained dry eye disease specialist in the Seattle area.
    Amy Gallant Sullivan
    Amy Gallant Sullivan, is cofounder and executive director of TFOS (www.tearfilm.org), a world leader in eye health education that’s ...


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