Everyone knows that famous line from A Christmas Story – “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!”. While Ralphie didn’t shoot his eye out, his Red Ryder carbine action two-hundred shot range model air rifle was still a dangerous toy that could have damaged more than just his glasses. While exchanging gifts this season, keep your eyes and your children’s eyes safe and healthy with our tips for choosing safe toys.
1. Avoid purchasing toys with sharp, projectile parts (such as darts, BB guns, or paintball guns).
2. Make sure children are supervised while playing with potentially hazardous toys or games.
3. Check for a label on any laser product that states the device complies with 21 CFR (the Code of Federal Regulations), Subchapter J.
4. Include polycarbonate lens protective eyewear with any sports equipment.
5. Select gifts that are appropriate for the child’s age and maturity level, and keep toys made for older children away from younger children.
6. If you or your child experiences an eye injury from a toy, contact your ophthalmologist immediately.
No one intends for their holiday gift to be harmful to a loved one, but unfortunately, accidents do happen, and more often than you may think. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the amount of toy-related injuries treated in emergency rooms in 2014 was nearly 252,000, and almost half of those involved the head or face. Overall, about 1 in 10 children’s eye injuries treated in the ER can be traced back to toys, and unfortunately, most of these injuries involve children under the age of 15.
We hope that these tips will help you and your family keep your eyes safe this season, so you can focus on those gleaming holiday lights, sugary cookies, and colorfully wrapped gifts.
Questions about eye health? Contact the experts at Corrective Eye Center today at (216) 574-8900, or schedule an exam online.