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Presents, Toys, and Eye Safety Guidelines

The holidays are upon us and we all know what that means, toys and presents. Well meaning grandparents delight in treating the favorite little ones with the latest toys to start off the New Year.
The American Optometric Association advises that family members tell relatives about the rules about toys and eye safety. Injuries with unsafe toys and games may take place, occasionally causing damaged vision.

What are some tips to safeguard children from toy related injury?

  1. Only buy toys which are appropriate for the child's age. Don't permit younger children to play with toys meant for older brothers or sisters.

  2. Look for a toy that is well made and stay away from toys with sharp corners. Make sure long-handled toys such as swords or pony sticks have smooth and round handles.

  3. Try not to let small children play without supervision.

  4. Protect little eyes by steering clear of any toys or games with points, spikes, rods or projectiles, such as BB guns.

Before you buy that new toy or game that your child absolutely ''needs'', spend a few minutes to look over eye safety precautions for toys. Anyone who has ever watched ''A Christmas Story'' should have learned that already. Happy Holidays to all.