Roughly 1 in 10 children’s eye injuries that end up in the ER are caused by toys. In support of Safe Toys and Celebrations Month this December, Advanced Eyecare Optometry advises parents to be cautious when choosing holiday gifts for young people and recommends avoiding those that launch projectiles, such as crossbows and BB guns. The American Academy of Ophthalmology also offers tips on how to safely open champagne to keep New Year’s celebrations from turning tragic.
PreventBlindness.Org recommends that adults do the following when allowing children to play with toys:
- Only purchase toys that are recommended as age appropriate.
- Show your child how to use their toy safely to prevent injury.
- Be sure to keep an eye on them when they are playing.
Safe Toys Selection
- Keep young children away from toys meant for older children.
- Supervise your children while playing.
- Store toys properly after play to avoid risks or falls.
- Supervise children’s craft projects (scissors and glue can be extremely dangerous to a child’s eyesight).
- Have children wear the right eye protection for sports (face shields, helmets, eyeguards).
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