Safe Toys and Celebrations Month
You’ll shoot your eye out! The classic response that Ralphie got from his family, teacher, and even Santa. From the movie “A Christmas Story”, where Ralphie tries to convince everyone how wonderful and perfect a Red Ryder BB gun is for his Christmas gift. We have all heard this quote repeatedly as a child. Although the movie is aimed for humor, this has come true & unfortunate for many people.
There are three important ways you can protect your child’s eyes from injuries while playing with toys:
- Only buy toys meant for their age.
- Show them how to use their toys safely.
- Keep an eye on them when they play.
Before you purchase a toy:
- Read all warnings and instructions on the box.
- Ask yourself if the toy is right for your child’s ability and age.
- Avoid purchasing toys with sharp or rigid points, spikes, rods, or dangerous edges.
- Check the lenses and frames of children’s sunglasses; many can break and cause injuries.
- Avoid toys that shoot or include parts that fly off. Remember that BB guns are NOT toys.
Keep in mind:
- Keep young children away from toys meant for older children.
- Supervise your children while playing.
- Store toys properly after play to avoid risks or falls.
- Supervise children’s craft projects (scissors and glue can be extremely dangerous to a child’s eyesight).
- Have children wear the right eye protection for sports (face shields, helmets, eyeguards).
By taking proper precautions, whether providing age-appropriate toys or proper protective eyewear, you can protect your child from injury. However, if your child should sustain an eye injury DO NOT allow child to rub or touch the eye, DO NOT apply medication to the eye, and DO NOT attempt to remove any debris from the eye. If the eye injury is caused by a chemical in the eye, flush the eye with water. For all eye injuries seek medical attention immediately.
We all want our children to be happy and healthy, and we want to protect them from harm. We can best achieve this goal by getting our children yearly wellness check-ups and eye examinations before school, as well as by providing safe toys, environments, and adult supervision.
And please be careful as you celebrate this month.
Have a great – and safe – holiday season.
-Roswell Vision Source