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A Holiday Guide to Toy Eye Safety

The holidays are right around the corner and we all know what that means, presents. Adoring mothers and fathers enjoy treating the children to the newest toys to start off the New Year.
It is crucial that family members explain to relatives the rules when it comes to eye-safe toys. Accidents involving toys often take place, sometimes resulting in damaged eyes.

Here are some tips to guard children from toy related harm:

  1. When buying a toy, check that it is appropriate for the child's age and level of development. Be careful not to allow younger siblings to play with toys and games made for older siblings.

  2. Check that the toy is made of strong, durable material and steer clear of toys with sharp edges. Make sure long-handled toys such as swords or pony sticks are rounded on the edge.

  3. Keep an eye on young children as they play.

  4. Promote eye safety awareness by throwing out toy or games that have sharp edges or plastic or wooden missiles, commonly found in war-themed toys.

Before you buy that new toy that your child ''must have'', spend some time to read eye safety tips for children's toys and games. Anyone who has ever watched ''A Christmas Story'' should have learned that already. Avoid a trip to the ER this year and have a joyous holiday.