The holidays are a time for family and friends to gather and celebrate. It seems like children always make these festivities more enjoyable. Children make lists for Santa Claus and they love opening and playing with their new toys. Like the fire from the fried turkey on Thanksgiving, injuries from toys could really put a damper on your celebrations. In order to keep everyone happy and healthy, it is important to take precautions.
Prevent Blindness, a volunteer eye health and safety organization recommends these precautions to protect your child’s eyes from injuries while playing with toys:
- Only buy toys meant for their age.
- Show them how to use their toys safely.
- Supervise them while they play.
- Inspect toys for safe, sturdy construction.
- Fix or throw away broken toys.
- Have children wear the right eye protection for sports (face shields, helmets, eye guards.)
When selecting which toys to buy for the little boys and girls on your list, be sure to use these tips:
- Read all warnings and instructions on the box.
- Ask yourself if the toy is right for your child’s ability and age.
- Avoid purchasing toys with sharp or rigid points, spikes, rods, or dangerous edges.
- Check the lenses and frames of children’s sunglasses; many can break and cause injuries.
- Buy toys that will withstand impact and not break into dangerous shards.
- Look for the letters “ASTM.” This designation means the product meets the national safety standards set by ASTM International.
- Avoid toys that shoot or include parts that fly off. Remember that BB guns are NOT toys.
All of us at Eye Specialists of Mid-Florida wish you a wonderful holiday season and new year. We look forward to serving you and taking care of your eyes in 2019 and beyond! If you ever need us, we always have a doctor on call and would be happy to take care of you and your family.
By Kirsti Roehm, O.D.