Here’s How to Prevent Holiday Eye Injuries
season unfortunately, is a time for eye injuries from unsafe toys and
other holiday-related activities. That's why the American Academy of
Ophthalmology is promoting Safe Toys and Celebrations Month this month.
Toys for Girls and Boys
the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were more than 210,000
toy-related injuries treated in U.S. emergency rooms in 2005. About
6,000 of those were injuries to the eyes of children under age 15.
Children receive all sorts of potentially unsafe presents during the holidays, including BB guns, darts and sports equipment.
"While it can
be difficult to resist a child's pleading for certain toys, sometimes
you must for their safety," said Dr. Andrew Iwach, Academy
spokesperson. "Every year ophthalmologists treat the devastating
injuries that seemingly safe toys can cause."
said parents should check toy labels for age recommendations and select
gifts that are appropriate for a child's age and maturity.
purchasing toys with sharp, protruding or projectile parts," he said.
"It is essential to make sure children have appropriate supervision
when playing with potentially hazardous toys or games that could cause
Be a Good Sport
Sports-related eye injuries are common and can cause permanent vision loss, accounting for about 40,000 eye injuries annually.
proper eye protection, participating in sports such as basketball,
soccer, baseball, football and hockey (as well as water and racquet
sports), can lead to serious eye injuries.
"If you plan
to give sports equipment, include the appropriate protective gear, such
as helmets, facemasks or goggles with polycarbonate lenses" Dr. Iwach
said. "Your Eye M.D. can recommend protective eyewear appropriate for
Oh, Christmas Tree!
trees are festive and for millions of Americans embody the spirit of
the holidays. However, there are hidden dangers amongst the twinkling
lights, fragrant branches and presents.
needles can be hazardous to the eyes, so be especially careful when
untying your tree," said Dr. Iwach. "The branches can burst forward,
hitting and injuring your eyes. Glass ornaments should be hung out of a
child's reach to avoid potential injury."
For more information visit www.aao.org.