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Fun and Safe Toys for the Holidays

Holiday season is upon us and that means dolls, radio controlled airplanes, and Leapster Explorers. Adoring parents enjoy surprising the little ones with the coolest toys to start off the New Year.
Leading optometry specialists advise that parents learn and relay to relatives some rules when it comes to toy safety and vision. Injuries involving toys can occur, sometimes causing damaged vision.

What can parents do to safeguard small children from toy related eye injuries?

  1. Only purchase gifts which are age suitable. Be careful not to permit small siblings to use toys intended for older brothers or sisters.

  2. Look for a toy that is well made and steer clear of toys with rough edges. Make sure long-handled toys such as bats or pony sticks are smooth on the edge.

  3. Don't let small kids play without supervision.

  4. Prevent eye injuries by tossing out any toys with jagged or staggered edges or plastic or wooden missiles, commonly found in war-themed toys.

Before purchasing the latest toy that your child has been pleading with you for, take some time to review eye safety tips for toys and games. The holidays are a great time for creating special moments with your family members, not the doctor on call at the nearest emergency room. Wishing you a happy and safe holiday season.