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A Holiday Guide to Toy Eye Safety

The holidays are just around the corner which means dolls, radio controlled airplanes, and Leapster Explorers. Well intentioned parents enjoy treating the kids to the newest toys to start off the New Year.

Leading optometry specialists advise that parents explain to relatives some guidelines about toy safety and vision. Injuries with unsafe toys and games may occur, sometimes resulting in damaged vision.

Here are some tips to protect kids from toy related injury:

  1. When buying a toy, ensure it is appropriate for the child's age and level of development. Don't allow small children to play with toys and games intended for older siblings.
  2. Check that the toy is well made and stay away from toys with rough corners. Make sure long-handled toys such as swords or pony sticks are rounded on the end.
  3. Don't let small children play unsupervised.
  4. Promote eye safety by throwing out any toys that have pointed tips or catapult launchers.

Before you purchase the new toy or game that your child absolutely ''needs'', take a moment to read up on eye safety tips for toys. The holidays are a great time for creating special moments with your family members, not the emergency room doctor. Avoid a trip to the ER this year and have a joyous holiday.