The Holidays are upon us, and that means that in many households throughout the month of December, children will open presents stuffed with toys, and some of those toys could be a hazard to a child’s eyesight. Toy-related eye injuries are very common, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are a few of the hazards of some of the toys available today.
First and foremost, remember to buy toys that are age appropriate. There are usually age ratings placed on the packaging. One of the reasons these age ratings are so vitally important is that when a child under the age of three is given a toy with small components it could become a choking hazard. Read the warning labels on toys! Then be sure that the toys don’t have sharp edges or contain sharp objects—smaller toys such as action figures, etc., can have components that are small and pointed and could poke a child in his or her eyes. Also, avoid toys that shoot objects such as pellets or darts.
And for the adults, there are numerous eye-related hazards during the holidays. For instance, remember that when you open a bottle of champagne, or similar, to open it with the cork facing away from both you and anyone else around you. You could also place a towel over the cork to be sure that it doesn’t launch. Remember to be cautious putting up tree decorations, and use electrical light strings that are not damaged. And if you and your loved ones celebrate the New Year with sparklers then be careful! Firework injuries are unfortunately common every New Year’s, and fireworks should be avoided always.
And most importantly remember to enjoy the Holiday’s safely. Remember to drive safely, and if you do drink alcohol to either remain at home or have a designated driver. Enjoy the Holiday season, and remember that the Christmas break is a terrific time to bring in school-aged children to their eye doctor at Vision Optical.