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Gifts, Toys, and Eye Safety Guidelines

The holidays are almost here which means Erector Sets for some, and Barbie dolls for others. Well intentioned parents love treating the young children with the latest toys for the holiday season.
It is important that parents inform others about the guidelines about eye-safe toys. Mishaps involving toys may take place, sometimes resulting in damage to eyes, or even blindness.

Here are some tips to safeguard children from toy related eye injuries:

  1. Only buy gifts which are developmentally appropriate. Be careful not to permit young siblings to use toys and games meant for older siblings.

  2. Show children how to play safely. If possible, before allowing children to play, inspect new toys for broken or loose pieces.

  3. Watch young kids during playtime.

  4. Protect little eyes by throwing out any toys or games with points, spikes, or rods or projectiles, such as BB guns.

Before you purchase that new toy or game that your child has been pleading with you for, take a few moments to read toy safety guidelines. The holidays are a great time for creating special moments with your family members, not the ER doctor. Wishing you a happy and safe holiday season.