Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Selecting Safe Toys to Avoid Eye injuries

Selecting Safe Toys to Avoid Eye injuries

It is important when picking choosing toys for children to keep children's safety in mind. A trip to the ER because of an eye injury will not only ruin the holiday but it could also permanently affect a child's vision for the rest of their life.

I'm constantly reminded of the timeless classic movie, A Christmas Story and the famous line, "You'll shoot your eye out!. As a child, we were never allowed to have toy guns of any kind - even nerf type of toys. One reason was that my mother was certain that one of us would injure either ourselves or our brother or sister.. we would "shoot our eye out", in effect.

The reality is that toys that shoot, fly, or have projectiles account for many an eye injury in young children. When giving such a gift be certain that it will be used with adult supervision or consider a safer alternative.

Likewise, avoid toys that with points, sharp edges, and "fake" weapons. Some building toys like Tinker Toys can poke an eye and cause serious damage. It is important to check the age recommendation for toys and think about if there are younger siblings in the home. Even things like crayons, markers and colored pencils could cause an eye injury if misused.

Trust me on this one.... You'll shoot your eye out!

A Christmas Story (Full-Screen Edition)

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