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A Holiday Guide to Toy Eye Safety


Holiday season is upon us and we all know what that means, dolls, radio controlled airplanes, and Leapster Explorers. Well meaning relatives love surprising the favorite little ones with the newest toys for the holidays.
The American Optometric Association advises that family members advise others about some restrictions when it comes to eye-safe toys. Accidents with unsafe toys and games can occur, sometimes resulting in damage to eyes, or even blindness.


What can adults do to guard small kids from toy related harm?


  1. When purchasing a gift, check that it is suitable for the child's age. Be careful not to allow little siblings to use toys and games made for older siblings.

  2. Explain to children the safe use of toys. Before play, if possible carefully look at new toys and games for broken or loose pieces.

  3. Be careful not to let small kids play unsupervised.

  4. Promote eye safety awareness by tossing out toys that have sharp edges or plastic or wooden missiles, commonly found in war-themed toys.


Before buying the latest toy that your kids have been pleading with you for, spend a few moments to review eye safety tips when it comes to children's toys and games. The holidays are a great time for creating special moments with your family members, not the emergency room doctor. Wishing you a happy and safe holiday season.