Fergus Falls Optometric Center
"Family Eyecare from the Eyecare Family."
Dr. Mark D. Olmsted and Dr. Christine A. Olmsted
117 E. Lincoln Ave.
Fergus Falls, MN 56537
Appointments: 218-736-7555

See And Be Seen This Halloween - 20 Oct 1999

See And Be Seen This Halloween
20 Oct 1999

See And Be Seen This HalloweenAccording to the Centers for Disease Control, the number of U.S. childhood pedestrian deaths on each Halloween from 1975-1996 was 4 times greater than the number occurring for the same age group the rest of the year. Here are some common sense safety measures which all adults should take to protect the children of the community.

For the trick or treaters:

Try to use makeup or face paint rather than masks, which can interfere with peripheral vision. Use hypo-allergenic makeup and take care to keep particles and applicators out of the eyes.If wearing a mask, have the child pull it off before crossing the street.Apply retro-reflective stickers to the child's sleeves and treat pail. Optometric studies show that these stickers make people visible to drivers even if they are going 70 to 80 mph.Use glow-in-the-dark treat pails. Just before going out, charge them under a lamp for one hour.Remind your youngsters that they can see headlights before the drivers can see them, and to cross the streets at designated places only.Have your child carry a small flashlight so that drivers may see their "headlights".Parents should accompany their children for increased safety, being an extra set of eyes.If your child requires glasses, be sure they have them on.

For drivers:

Wear your best visual correction, even it's a small distance prescription. Be sure your glasses are clean. The DMV visual cut-off for not requiring corrective lenses on one's driver's licence is 20/40. Many people in that situation have part-time glasses which get them to 20/20, TWICE as clear. This could make the difference between stopping in time or hitting a child.Clean your windshield, both outside and inside.Keep your windshield defrosters on.Check your headlights for cleanliness and proper function. Windshield wiper blades should be examined and changed if necessary.If you have any visual problems at night, please don't drive on Halloween. Examples of eye conditions which can affect your night vision are: 1) existing cataracts; 2) macular degeneration; 3) retinitis pigmentosa; 4) diabetic retinopathy, especially after laser treatment.Don't drink and drive. People under the influence not only have impaired gross motor function and reaction time, but ocular (eye-related) motor functions, such as visual tracking, are also affected. Patients with intermittent eyeturns, which they can control until fatigued, may actually see double after alcohol intake.

For adults at home:

Keep your yardlights on and be sure the yard is cleared of objects a child could trip on.

A few days before Halloween, take some time to check these things out when planning for a SAFE and fun-filled evening.

Drs. Mark Olmsted