The holiday season is a natural time for gifts, including toys, and the choices can be overwhelming. But careful toy selection and proper supervision of children at play is the best way to protect them and their eyes from toy related injuries. Every year thousands of children age 14 and younger suffer serious eye injuries, even blindness, from toys. There are many things you can do to prevent eye injury.
- Be a label reader. Look for age recommendations.
- Make sure all directions are clear to you and to your child.
- Check all toys periodically for breakage and potential dangers.
- Avoid toys with sharp or rigid points.
- When buying a laser product, look for the FDA advises statement.
- Arrows or darts used by children should have soft cork tips, rubber suction cups or other protective tips.
- Teach older children to help keep their toys away from younger brothers and sisters.