Playing it Safe

Posted on December 6th, 2010 by clvc

December is “Safe Toys and Gift Month” and eye injuries from toys are all too common.  It’s been reported by the American Academy of Ophthalmology that toys cause thousands of eye injuries to children every year.  More than 230,000 children are injured by toys each year, according to the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.  

The holidays should be a time of happiness and celebration, and a serious eye injury can bring an abrupt end to the festivity.  Parents should take special care in choosing toys that are appropriate for their child’s age, abilities, maturity level, and the parent’s willingness to supervise use of the toy.  Misuse of toys is the most common cause of eye injuries.  Remember to read all warnings and instructions on toys.  Be aware of recalls.  Avoid toys with sharp edges or hard points, spikes, and rods.  Be careful when you buy toys that fly or shoot.  Make sure your child wears proper eye protection when the activity warrants it.

As always, call your doctor right away or go to the emergency room if you or your child experiences an eye injury.