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Protecting Your Child’s Eyes This Holiday Season

As parents search for the perfect gift for their children this holiday season, I would be remiss if I did not share the importance of selecting toys that are safe and age-appropriate. December is National Safe Toys and Gifts Month and The American Academy of Ophthalmology has several wonderful tips to ensure that the trinkets you purchase will bring hours of enjoyment, not injury to their eyes.

Just as we pay attention to the labels on the foods we purchase, this same discipline should be applied when selecting toys and gifts for children, especially those under the age of fifteen. It goes without saying that any toy containing small pieces that could be a choking hazard should be avoided, yet it’s also important to think twice about giving toys with lasers or projectile parts that could land in your child’s eyes. 

For older children who play sports, be sure to purchase protective eyewear along with that new baseball bat or soccer cleats. If you’re not sure what is best, check with your eye care practitioner who can make solid recommendations such as ensuring that eyewear has polycarbonate lenses.

Sound supervision during playtime is a must but even under the best of circumstances, accidents can happen and your timely and appropriate response is critical to preserve your child’s vision. Here are a few tips if your child experiences an eye injury:

1.     Contact your eye care practitioner immediately.

2.     Avoid touching, rubbing, or applying pressure to the injured eye.

3.     Do not try to remove any objects stuck in the eye.

4.     Do not apply medications or eye drops.

While minor cuts and bruises may not need immediate medical attention and will heal on their own within a few days, parents and caregivers should alert their eye care practitioner right away to seek sound advice if symptoms persist. 

We all want our children to enjoy the gifts they receive and taking a few precautionary steps along with proper supervision can ensure their vision is protected during the holidays and for years to come.


Originally published on December 14, 2020 by Kristine Heslin on LinkedIn


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