The holiday season is here and that means wish-lists and toy shopping for the kids! The toy selection in stores and online has never been more overwhelming. But before you buy that next must have toy, consider whether it is safe for children. Check the safety labels to find age recommendations to help you find age appropriate gifts. Avoid toy-related eye injuries by being mindful of hazardous options including anything that shoots objects (such as pellet guns, slingshots or dart guns). Stay away from toys with lasers as they can cause permanent damage to the eyes of the user and bystanders. When giving sports related gifts, consider including protective eyewear with polycarbonate lenses. Every year children’s toys become more sophisticated, but some presents that seem like harmless fun can be dangerous. Keep toy safety in mind this year while shopping this holiday season!
For more tips on choosing safe toys, please visit the American Academy of Ophthalmology website.
This post was written in part by Janice Maliakkal, a 4th year medical student at Paul L. Foster School of Medicine in El Paso, Texas