Top Tips for Choosing Safe Toys this Holiday
No one chooses gifts with the intent to harm, but some popular children's toys can cause serious injuries. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly 252,000 toy-related injuries were treated in emergency rooms in 2014, and and almost half of these injuries affect the head or face. In fact, about 1 in 10 children's eye injuries treated in the ER trace back to toys. Unfortunately, most of these injuries happen to children under age 15.
Some propelling toys, like airsoft guns, arrows, BB guns, paintball guns and darts can be particularly hazardous, with the potential to cause serious eye injuries such as corneal abrasion, ocular hyphema, traumatic cataract, increased intraocular pressure, and even permanent vision loss.
The good news that most eye injuries can be easily prevented by following EyeSmart toy safety tips.
If your child experiences an eye injury from a toy, seek immediate medical attention from an ophthalmologist "“ an eye medical doctor.
Reference: American Academy of Ophthalmology