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Presents, Toys, and Eye Safety Awareness

The holidays are almost here and we all know what that means, dolls, radio controlled airplanes, and Leapster Explorers. Well meaning relatives enjoy surprising the favorite little ones with the newest toys to start off the New Year.
Leading optometry specialists advise that parents teach relatives about some restrictions when it comes to toys and eye safety. Mishaps involving toys and games can occur, sometimes resulting in damaged vision.

Here are a few guidelines to safeguard children from toy related eye injuries:

  1. When buying a toy, confirm that it is age appropriate. Don't allow young children to play with toys and games made for older siblings.

  2. Teach children how to play safely. Before play, if possible carefully look at new toys and games for broken or loose pieces.

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

  4. Promote eye safety awareness by discarding any toys or games with dangerous, pointed edges or projectiles.

Before buying that toy or game that your kids have been begging for, spend some time to look over eye safety tips for toys and games. Anyone who has ever watched ''A Christmas Story'' should have learned that already. Wishing you a happy and safe holiday season.