The American Academy of Ophthalmology reports that 250,000 toy related eye injuries were seen in emergency rooms in 2012. The Vision Resource Center of Berks County wants to remind you of precautions to take to avoid an ER trip that will spoil your holiday.
Choose toys that are appropriate for a child’s age, ability and maturity level. Consider whether or not supervision of the new toy use is required. Be aware of what you are putting into a child’s hands.
To stay “eye safe” over the holidays consider the following tips:
First, avoid toys with sharp, protruding or projectile parts.
Second, if there is a potential safety hazard, provide supervision and discuss potential hazards with the child.
And last, provide appropriate eye protective equipment when needed for sporting equipment. Always choose polycarbonate lenses.
Vision Resource Center of Berks County urges you to have a safe and trouble free holiday season.
For more information on eye safety, visit the National Eye Institute website at www.nei.nih.gov.
Vision Resource Center provides programs and services to blind and visually impaired individuals in Berks County. Call 610-375-8407 for more information or check our website at www.berksblind.org. Make sure you like us on Facebook, too.
Holiday Toy Alert: Keeping Children’s Eyes Safe
By Martin Brown, via singlemindedwomen.com
“You’ll shoot your eye out,” is one of the memorable lines from the holiday classic, A Christmas Story. Little Ralphie Parker hears this taunting admonition repeatedly after he presents his “What I Want for Christmas” composition. As you no doubt recall, Ralphie wanted an “Official Red Ryder 200 shot carbine-action range-model air rifle.” Better known as a BB Gun, no kid growing up in the 40s, 50s, or 60s did not hear the same warning that Ralphie heard.
BB guns are not nearly as popular today as they were in Ralphie’s time, but unfortunately eye injuries are still all too common, particularly at this time of year. In fact, the American Academy of Ophthalmology reminds us that last year alone there were more than 250,000 toy-related injuries treated in U.S. emergency rooms.
So the dilemma for parents is how do we get the kids what they’re hoping to find under the tree and hopefully safeguard them from injury as well?
David Wheeler, MD, pediatric ophthalmologist with the academy suggests, “A good rule of thumb is to choose a toy that is appropriate for your child’s age and abilities.” Consider as well, Wheeler says, the time that you will have to supervise their use of any new toy. “Being aware and thoughtful about what you are putting in your children’s hands is the best preventative medicine.”