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A Holiday Guide to Toy Eye Safety

Holiday season is upon us and that means gifts and new toys. Well intentioned parents enjoy surprising the children with the latest toys for the holidays.
It is important that family members explain to relatives the guidelines when it comes to toys and eye safety. Injuries with unsafe toys and games often occur, sometimes resulting in blindness.

Here are a few guidelines to guard kids from toy related eye injuries:

  1. When buying a gift, make sure it is developmentally appropriate. Do not allow small children to use toys meant for older siblings.

  2. Teach children the proper use of new toys and games. Before play, if possible check new toys and games for safe construction.

  3. Supervise small kids as they play.

  4. Prevent eye injuries by throwing out any toys or games that have pointed tips or plastic or wooden missiles, commonly found in war-themed toys.

Before purchasing that toy or game that your child really wants, spend a moment to read up on eye safety precautions for children's toys and games. The holidays are a great time for creating special moments with your family, not the emergency room doctor. Avoid a trip to the ER this year and have a joyous holiday.