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This Month Learn About Toys and Eye Safety

Holiday season is upon us and we all know what that means, dolls, radio controlled airplanes, and Leapster Explorers. Well intentioned aunts and uncles love surprising the children with the coolest toys to start off the New Year.
It is important that family members teach relatives about the restrictions about toy safety and vision. Accidents involving toys often occur, occasionally causing blindness.

Here are some tips to guard kids from toy related eye injuries:

  1. Remember, developmentally appropriate toys only! Be careful not to allow small siblings to handle toys and games intended for older brothers or sisters.

  2. Check that the toy is made of strong, durable material and look for any rough corners. Make sure toys with a handle such as swords or pony sticks have rounded edges.

  3. Don't let small kids play unsupervised.

  4. Promote eye safety by discarding toys with sharp or jagged pieces or catapult launchers.

Before buying that popular game that your child has been pleading with you for, take some time to peruse eye safety guidelines when it comes to toys and games. Anyone who has ever watched ''A Christmas Story'' should have learned that already. Happy Holidays.