Holiday season is rapidly approaching which means new toys for the kiddies. Adoring relatives love surprising the young ones with the ''in'' toys for the holidays.
The American Optometric Association advises that parents instruct others about some restrictions when it comes to eye-safe toys. Injuries involving toys can take place, occasionally resulting in damage to eyes, or even blindness.
What are some guidelines to guard kids from toy related eye injuries?
- Only buy gifts which are age and developmentally suitable. Don't permit younger siblings to handle toys meant for older children.
- Look for a toy that is made of strong, durable material and look for any dangerous corners. Make sure stick toys such as bats or brooms are smooth on the edge.
- Be careful not to let small kids play unsupervised.
- Prevent eye injuries by tossing out toys that have points, spikes, rods or catapult launchers.
Before you purchase that latest toy or game that your child absolutely ''needs'', spend a minute to review toy safety guidelines. The holidays are a great time for creating special moments with your family, not the ER doctor. Wishing you a happy and safe holiday season.