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Protect Your Eyes: Safe Toys and Gifts Month

POSTED ON December 1, 2010

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December is here and so is holiday shopping season!  If you went toy shopping on Black Friday, Cyber Shopping on Monday or plan to go toy shopping in the future be informed about the dangers some toys can pose to many of their users: children.  186,000 children 15 years old or younger went to the emergency room from injuries related to toys in 2009, an increase from years past as mentioned in a HealthNewsDigest.com report.  Most of these injuries were to the face specifically ...

December is here and so is holiday shopping season!  If you went toy shopping on Black Friday, Cyber Shopping on Monday or plan to go toy shopping in the future be informed about the dangers some toys can pose to many of their users: children.  186,000 children 15 years old or younger went to the emergency room from injuries related to toys in 2009, an increase from years past as mentioned in a HealthNewsDigest.com report.  Most of these injuries were to the face specifically to the eyes which is why Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has declared December “Safe Toys and Gifts” month.

Eye care doctors along with organizations like PBA urge parents to inspect toys given to their children for possible dangers like loose pieces and instructions on parental supervision.  Only allowing toys appropriate for the child’s age is crucial to ensure safe use and play for a happy (and ER free) holiday season.  A suggestion by PBA with gifts such as sporting goods is protective eye wear and other gear for safe play along with the gift itself.

Indiana eye doctors like Dr. Tavel and his board certified associates see injuries like eye lacerations or abrasions from rough sports play and toy misuse every year.  Parental supervision of toys purchased and given to children will help the number of these injuries go down as well as the increased use of protective gear like sports goggles. 

Toys can be some of the best gifts to give this holiday season especially to a little one but be sure to only give gifts appropriate for the ages of the children and tell others about “Safe Toys and Gifts” month!

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