large December is National Safe Toys and Gifts Month, with the goal of raising awareness among parents about the importance of toy safety. Aucello EyeCare Center, your local eye vision center, discusses this further.
Toys and Eye Injuries
December is a time for gift-giving, and many parents shop for toys to give their children. Unfortunately, some toys that may seem perfectly safe are actually dangerous. Various hazards in toys may put children at risk of sustaining an injury, with the eyes particularly at risk
More than 250,000 children are sent to hospitals each year to receive treatment for toy-related injuries. Most of these incidents affect children 15 years and below, with more than half of those involving the face. Every optometrist and eye care professional calls all parents to ensure that their children’s vision is protected against injuries while playing with toys.
Safety Measures to Protect Children’s Vision
To protect your child’s eyes, only purchase toys that are appropriate for your child’s age. There are toys for every age group, so pay particular attention to the labels on the packaging. Next, explain to your child how to play with the toys safely. Check the construction of the toys before handing them over. Finally, supervise your child while playing. When playing outside, they should be wearing the right eye protection.
For all your child’s visual health needs, visit Aucello EyeCare Center. We offer a wide range of eye care services, including eye exams and a large selection of corrective eyewear. Give us a call at (860) 644-4362 in South Windsor or (860) 667-2020 in Newington. We serve clients living in South Windsor, New Britain and nearby areas in CT.