The month of December is the time for gift-giving, and toys are often a huge part of many shopping lists. While these bring joy to children, the need to ensure the safety of their eyes is paramount, especially when they play with them. There are various hazards in toys that may put children at risk of sustaining eye injuries.
It is worth noting that December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month so it’s important to take note of toy and eye safety at this time of the year.
Reminders for Parents
Toys help aid in the visual development of infants and children, so it is important for parents to choose safe toys. We would advise parents to avoid certain toys when shopping for their children this holiday season. These include toys with rough or sharp edges and pieces as well as those that shoot objects into the air.
It takes diligence to inspect any toy that you may come across inside stores. They must be appropriate for the children’s age, skill level and developmental recommendations. Any eye doctor would advise looking for the ASTM, or the American Society for Testing and Materials, label. Toys with this label assure consumers that they have passed safety inspections.
Other Important Safety Measures
Maintaining your children’s eye health doesn’t stop with choosing the right toys. When possible, try to supervise them whenever they play with them. Before handing them their toys, check if they are sturdy. When they engage in sports, be sure to have them wear goggles and other forms of eye protection. Lastly, teach them how to store their toys properly.
Guilford Eye Center has extensive experience when it comes to providing the best eye care services in the area. From conducting an eye exam to prescribing eyewear, Dr. Wood and Dr. Thurmond are here to address the ocular and vision needs of our patients, regardless of age. Give us a call at (336) 387-6777 for more information. You may also fill out our contact form to make an appointment. We serve Greensboro, NC, residents.