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The month of December means winter is here and the holidays are upon us. The Christmas season should be merry and families will celebrate and children everywhere will open toys. So, December is also a safe toys and celebration awareness month. Here are a few ways to celebrate the holidays and still promote good quality eye health for young and old alike.

Inappropriate toys can damage a child’s eyesight or even cause blindness. Buy children toys that are appropriate for their age (Remember the old adage from a Christmas Story: You’ll shoot your eye out). Avoid projectile toys like darts and other shooting firearms for young children. Avoid toys that have sharp edges or sharp objects. If the child is young, only provide toys in which the battery compartments can only be opened by an adult with a screwdriver. Young children should not have access to batteries. Only buy toys that do not contain toxic substances: there are toys that can break open and leak substances that shouldn’t make contact with human skin, nose, eyes, etc. Remember to read all of the directions for toys and games and supervise the children when they are playing.

When you are celebrating, or spending family time this holiday season, remember to take precautions to protect your eyes. If you are out skiing or sledding remember to take the precaution to protect your eyes from the bright sun against the bright snow. If you are going to open a champagne bottle, remember to open the bottle away from you. Corks can become projectiles that can injure your eyes. When you are hanging ornaments on the tree, make sure that the sharper ornaments, glass ornaments, etc, are either firmly secured to the limb of the tree or placed at a lower level, in case the tree gets bumped and someone sitting, admiring the tree doesn’t get one of these ornaments straight in the eye. Also, if you celebrate the New Year with fireworks, remember to take precaution with projectiles like bottle rockets, and keep all punks and lit fuses away from you.

Stay safe this holiday season, and remember to practice good eye health.

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