December is safe toy month, and that pertains to eye safety as well. Thorp Bailey Weber Eye Associates recommends you take a few simple precautions to protect your children's eyesight. Our children don't know what's safe unless we model and teach them what is safe.
Our Wills-trained surgeons have had the unfortunate responsibility of caring for children whose eyesight has been forever compromised from a preventable injury. Remember that the smaller, harder and faster an object is, the more (irreparable) damage it can do to an eye. Don't let it happen to your family -- if in doubt, wear eye protection.
1) Don't use toys for play other than intended, or for age ranges other than intended.
2) Wear eye protection when using any soft projectile toys (i.e., Nerf, etc.).
3) Keep toys with dangerous projectiles (i.e., small/hard shot) away from kids (i.e., BB guns, Airsoft guns, rubberband guns).
4) Avoid toys with sharp ends or dangerous edges.
5) Clean up sticks in the yard to prevent them from being used as play swords.
6) Do not engage in a snowball battle when there is any ice component.
Please share this reminder with friends and loved ones, and if you ever have an eye injury, call your eye doctor or go to the emergency room quickly.
For more tips on children's eye safety, visit PreventBlindness.org.