During the holidays the number of toys that children have tends to increase in number. It has been discovered that there are popular toy types that are commonly associated with childhood eye injuries. These include air guns and other toys that shoot projectiles, high-powered lasers, and sports equipment.
Ophthalmologists – physicians who specialize in medical and surgical eye care – treat the eye injuries that sometimes result from the use of these toys. Below are a few tips to keep in mind while looking after the kids as well as while Christmas shopping for others this holiday season.
5 Tips to avoid a child experiencing an eye injury
- Beware of airsoft, BB guns, and other projectile toys. Every year ophthalmologists treat thousands of patients with devastating eye injuries caused by seemingly safe toys. Avoid items with sharp, protruding or projectile parts such as airsoft guns, BB guns and other projectile toy guns. Toy bullets and other projectile objects can easily propel into the sensitive tissue of the eye and cause serious harm.
- Never allow children to play with high-powered laser pointers. A number of recent reports show that children have sustained serious eye injuries while playing with high-powered lasers (between 1500 and 6000 milliwatts). Over the years, these lasers have become increasingly more powerful, with enough potential to cause severe retinal damage, with just seconds of laser exposure to the eye. A laser pointer should never be aimed or shined at anyone’s eyes. Laser pointers should not be purchased for children.
- Read the age labels before you buy. To select appropriate gifts suited for a child’s age, look for and follow the age recommendations and instructions about proper assembly, use, and supervision.
- Make sure to be present. Always make sure an adult is supervising when children are playing with potentially hazardous toys or games that could potentially cause an eye injury.
- Know what to do (and what not to). If someone you know experiences an eye injury, seek immediate medical attention from an ophthalmologist. As you wait for medical help, make sure never to touch, rub, apply pressure, or try to remove an object stuck in the eye.
Should there be a mishap, click here to see if it is an emergency and what to do if it is. Have a great and safe holiday season!
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