December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month

December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month

Created on: Monday, December 04, 2017
Author: Chesen Laser Eye Center

December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month

Time to shop for toys! It’s so much fun for kids to anticipate the gifts they will receive during the holiday season and we enjoy shopping for them. Unfortunately though, some toys are not a safe choice.

Projectile Toys Are Not Safe

The American Academy of Ophthalmology states that projectile toys are not safe. Injuries from these toys cause patients to experience pain and blurred vision that took days or weeks to go away. Serious eye injuries can also result, such as permanent vision loss, corneal abrasions (eye scrapes), bleeding, traumatic cataracts and increased eye pressure.
 
If you do buy a projectile/propelling toy for a child, be sure they are supervised while playing with them and wear eye protection. Carefully read and follow manufacturer age guidelines and warnings. 
 
If Someone Experiences an Eye Injury

Seek immediate medical attention from an ophthalmologist if someone experiences an eye injury. Never apply pressure, rub, touch, or try to remove any object from the eye.
 
Keep safety in mind when gift giving this season to make everyone’s holiday a happy one!


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