When families and friends get together for the holidays, the children are often treated to presents of all shapes and sizes. Unfortunately, even a well-intentioned loved one may choose a gift that puts you or your little ones at risk of an eye injury. Across the U.S., reportedly 250,000 children are taken to the hospital for toy-related eye injuries each holiday season, according to Friends for Sight. To help protect your son or daughter, the USC Roski Eye Institute has compiled the following safety tips when handling gifts for children.
Toy Safety Tips
Before even approaching the cash register, when searching for the perfect gift for your son or daughter always remember the following:
- Purchase only age-appropriate toys
- Read the labels for warnings
- Check whether the toy has met the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) safety requirements
- Avoid projectile or flying toys
- Stay away from toys with spikes or sharp points
- Do not buy BB guns for young children
- Purchase helmets and protective gear for sports-related or motorized toys
- Avoid toys with bright LED lights or lasers
- Consider whether younger siblings will have access to the toys
Once unwrapped and in your child’s hands, be sure to instruct him or her on how to safely play with the toy and supervise playtime. Many child eye injuries occur when a parent or adult is not present, so it is important to observe their playing, especially when action toys are involved. Swords or wands may seem innocent, but these items invite children to target each other and inadvertently cause harm.
What to Do If Your Child Sustains an Eye Injury
Should your child have received a possibly dangerous toy, it is crucial to know what to do in case of an accident. In the event that your son or daughter suffers an eye injury, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Tell your child to not touch or rub his or her eyes and do not attempt to remove fragments or apply medication to the eye as it may cause further damage. If a harmful chemical gets in his or her eye, flush your son or daughter’s eye with water right away.
Contact USC Roski Eye Institute Today
To protect your family’s vision year-round, schedule annual eye exams with the professional ophthalmologists at USC Roski Eye Institute. Regular screenings and exams will help accurate catch potential issues that may develop into serious eye conditions later on. Take preventative action early to keep your family’s vision healthy. Make an appointment with a skilled ophthalmologist at USC Roski Eye Institute for a comprehensive eye exam using the most state-of-the-art technology available.
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