Holiday Shopping Tips
As you hit the shops for those perfect holiday gifts for the kids, we urge you to avoid the common toys that cause serious eye injuries. Exercise caution when considering toys that shoot projectiles or contain laser devices. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported 265,000 toy-related injuries that were treated in emergency rooms in 2012. Almost half (45%) of these were injuries to the face and head!
Eye injuries from toys can range from corneal abrasion to blindness. Three common toys to avoid include crossbows, BB guns and airsoft guns, and darts. These projectile-firing toys can be incredibly dangerous. Polycarbonate (shatter-proof) glasses or goggles will give an additional layer of protection in dangerous environments.
If you purchase (or receive) a toy containing a laser device, make sure it includes a compliance statement with '21 CFR Subchapter J.' This ensures the device meets the Code of Federal Regulations requirements for lasers, including power limitation. Also, teach children to avoid directing the beam at faces!
The American Academy of Ophthalmology provides additional guidelines for holiday shopping here.
This video provides tips from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.