Avoid Eye Injuries This Holiday Season
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports “there were an estimated 254,200 toy-related injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments” in 2015. Of these injuries, 45% (or 114,390) affected the head or face and nearly 73% (185,500) were in children younger than 15 years of age. In honor of “Safe Toys and Celebrations Month” in December, we would like to share some tips, specifically for preventing eye injuries this holiday season, as you shop for toys/gifts and prepare for holiday celebrations.
- Avoid purchasing toys with sharp points or hazardous edges.
- Pay attention to the recommended ages for toys.
- Do not purchase toys that shoot projectiles (BB guns, slingshots, darts, etc.)
- Look for “ASTM” designation, which means the product meets safety standards.
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- Always read the instructions and warnings that come with toys.
- Inspect toys before letting children play with them.
- Show children how to play with toys safely and provide supervision.
- Store toys that are not being played with to avoid trips, falls, and other risks.
- Repair broken toys and throw away those that cannot be repaired.
- Be sure there is plenty of light at your party, especially around stairs, to avoid falls.
- Point “party poppers” away from faces.
Should you experience an eye injury, no matter how minor it may seem, please contact us to receive proper eye care and evaluation.
~Wishing you safe and happy holidays from the Ludwick Eye Center Team