As the holidays get closer, make sure that the gifts you give the children in your life do not endanger their eyes.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission toy-related injuries are on the rise; 186,000 kids under 15 went to the emergency room after toy-related incidents last year.
Prevent Blindness America offers the following tips and warnings specifically related to protecting children’s eyes:
- Avoid toys that shoot or include parts that fly off.
- Inspect toys for sturdiness. Your child’s toys should be durable, with no sharp edges or points. The toys should also withstand impact. Dispose of plastic wrapping material immediately on toys as they may have sharp edges.
- Make recommendations to family members and friends about gifts that you feel are appropriate for your child. Be diligent about inspecting these gifts before allowing your child to play with them.
- Inspect all toys before purchasing. Monitor toys that your child has received as gifts to make sure they are appropriate for your child’s age and developmental level.
- Gifts of sports equipment should always be accompanied by protective gear (such as a basketball along with eye goggles or a face guard with a new batting helmet for baseball or softball).