December is Safe Toy and Gifts Month, and as the holidays approach, it’s important to keep safety in mind when purchasing gifts for your loved ones, especially children.
In 2018, over 225,000 children were hospitalized due to toy-related injuries, many of which included lacerations, corneal abrasions and ocular hyphema (blood in the eye). Eyes are particularly vulnerable to injuries, and depending on the severity of the injury, they can be permanent. The ophthalmologists at The Laser Eye Care Center encourage you to prioritize safety when purchasing toys and gifts.
When it comes to protecting your children and their vision, here are some general guidelines for holiday shopping:
In addition to choosing safe gifts for children, it’s important to properly supervise children when playing with any potentially hazardous toys or games to prevent eye injuries.
If possible, give screen-free gifts this holiday season. This will reduce the recipient’s eyestrain and decrease their chance of developing nearsightedness. Some eye-safe holiday gifts include:
If your child incurs an eye injury from a toy, seek immediate medical attention. Before you reach a medical professional: