With the holiday season upon us, your Cincinnati eye doctor wants to ensure you have all the latest know-how to make sure your toy shopping keeps your kids safe when they tear open that wrapping paper and start playing with their newest gadget. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports over 250,000 toy-related injuries are treated in emergency rooms each year, almost half of which affect the head and face, and most which afflict children under the age of fifteen. Be sure to review our tips before purchasing a dangerous toy for your kids this December!
Most eye injuries caused by toys can be easily prevented if you are careful. Here are five top tips:
- Check the appropriate age range listed on the sides of most toy boxes. Follow the suggested age guide carefully, and do not give toys to younger children than the warning recommends.
- Adjust age ranges for an individual child’s maturity. Be aware that age ranges are listed as only a guide, and many toys may still not be appropriate for some children.
- Avoid buying toys with parts that are sharp, protruding, or could be made into projectiles.
- Never leave a child alone with any potentially hazardous toy. Ensure proper supervision at all times when a child has a toy that could become dangerous.
- Make sure children have protective eyewear with polycarbonate lenses to go with any sporting equipment. Check with your nearby Cincinnati ophthalmologist for the recommended eyewear for individual sports or occasions.
Popular toys like paintball guns, BB guns and airsoft guns are commonly to blame for propelling foreign objects directly into eyes. Some wounds are even so bad that children require eye surgery once they occur. Make sure that you immediately seek medical attention should any toy cause an eye (or any other) injury. Along with happiness and joy, be sure to give your family the gift of safety this holiday season!
If your vision has been affected or if you require eye care visit Cincinnati eye doctor, Charles Breen, ophthalmologist, at 7370 Turfway Rd. 3rd Floor, St. Elizabeth Medical Office Building, Florence, KY 41042.