Gift-giving holidays are right around the corner and, as fun and exciting as new toys are, playing it safe is important, too. Here’s a not-so-fun statistic to consider: One in ten eye injuries for children at emergency rooms in the United States are from toys, primarily from projectile ones such as crossbows, darts, BB guns, air-soft guns, Nerf guns, and slingshots. While those toys are fairly obvious that they may cause an eye injury, there are other toys that shoot small projectiles as part of the overall play experience that can also be a problem (i.e., Legos, Paw Patrol) too. A good rule of thumb for those kinds of toys is that parents should be able to explain the risks to their children to help them to avoid eye injuries. If the child can’t understand what they’re being told, they’re probably too young or too immature to play with it just yet.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also adds laser toys to the list, saying in their bulletin that the highly concentrated light can cause serious vision issues if pointed directly at eyes.
Avoiding those kinds of toys, especially for children under the age of 6, is but one way to prevent eye injuries. Here are several other things to look for in choosing toys for your children:
- Well-constructed toys (check for flimsy plastics that may break and cause sharp edges).
- Toys with rounded edges (eliminates potential hazards).
- Age-appropriate toys (if in doubt, follow the recommended age guidelines for the toys).
- Developmentally appropriate toys (you know your child best, choose toys that you know they are ready for).
Let’s all help to keep toys fun, by keeping them safe to enjoy as well. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year from all of us at All About Eyes!
Eye injuries are common in adults and children which can lead to partial or full loss of vision. Eye injuries can happen at work, at home, or during recreation. Most eye injuries can be prevented. Watch this 5-minute video to learn the common causes of eye injuries and how you can prevent them from happening.
You may realize the importance of eye safety when playing sports and understand the risks of eye injuries in children, but did you know that 125,000 eye injuries occur to adults and children each year due to accidents involving common household products? Remarkably, 90% of these accidents can be prevented.
To help raise awareness, Prevent Blindness has designated the month of October as Home Eye Safety Awareness Month. They’ve provided several tips to decrease your risk of eye injuries in and around the home. Check out their recommendations for adults and safety practices for young children. We recommend that you take a few minutes to review these ideas and implement them in your home. A little prevention can save your eyesight and protect the vision of your loved ones.
Did you know that every 13 minutes an emergency room treats an eye injury? Or that water and pool activities are the cause of more eye injuries than any other sport? Or that health club activities caused an estimated 1,278 eye injuries in 2013? Prevent Blindness recently released a chart of sports-related eye injuries by sport, broken down by age groups, and the results may surprise you.
In March 2014, the American Academy of Ophthalmology published an infographic that explains how dangerous and costly sports injuries to the eye can be, both for adults and children.
These statistics support Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month and Sports Eye Injury Prevention Awareness Month – both celebrated in the month of September – encouraging adults and kids to wear eye protection during indoor and outdoor activities.
Have fun, be safe! Don’t be a statistic! 90% of sports-related eye injuries are preventable! Protect your eyes and your vision simply by wearing eye protection! Regular eye glasses don’t provide the protection you need, so in addition to safety glasses, All About Eyes offers prescription safety eyewear so you can enjoy your favorite sport while keeping your eyes safe. Give us a call at (609) 653-9933 or stop by our office to see our line of stylish eyewear designed with safety in mind.
Stop by our office for a chance to win a child’s pair of prescription eyeglasses + a back-to-school gift pack!
Prevent Blindness, the nation’s leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight, has declared August as Children’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month.
Children’s eye health
As parents, we are concerned about our children’s health and safety, but we may forget that our child’s eyes need preventive care to keep them healthy. This month, when you are scheduling back-to-school physicals for your son or daughter, make an appointment with your optometrist. An annual eye exam can diagnose many childhood eye conditions including lazy eye (amblyopia), crossed eyes (strabismus), color blindness, nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Early detection leads to early treatment!
Children’s eye safety
Keep your child’s eyes safe while they are having fun! Whether on the court or at the beach, we can help! All About Eyes offers sport glasses from Rec Specs with strong polycarbonate lenses to protect eyes and improve vision during high impact sports. We also offer prescription and non-prescription sunglasses to protect eyes and eyelids from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
Win a free pair of prescription eyeglasses + a back-to-school pack!
During the month of August, All About Eyes is holding a contest for kids ages 12 and under to promote the importance of eye health and safety. While in our office, guess the amount of erasers in the jar – whoever guesses closest to the actual number wins a pair of prescription eyeglasses plus a back-to-school gift pack. We are also offering back-to-school coupons on our website including special offers for Rec Specs and children’s eyeglasses including transitions lenses. If you have questions about your child’s vision, call 609-653-9933 to make an appointment with Dr. Dave or Dr. Cheryl. You may also benefit from the resources provided by The National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health.