‘Tis the season for holiday gift giving and it’s also the season for children to suffer injuries from the toys they receive. While most toys seem harmless, they can cause real damage to the eye. Here are a few tips to avoid child eye injuries this holiday season:
Tip 1: Opt for Age-Appropriate Toys
Don’t forget to check the age limit on a product when you pick out the perfect toy. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, toy companies must specify an age range on packaging. Also, we know you always have a close eye on your child, but don’t forget to watch closely for a few minutes when he or she is playing with a brand-new toy.
Tip 2: Avoid Toys that Shoot Objects
Toys that have darts or any type of missile-firing parts can be dangerous, especially when pointed at another person. Eye doctors often recommend avoiding these types of toys. Another approach to avoid child eye injuries with such toys is to ensure all children playing with them wear protective eyewear. Safety glasses are inexpensive and teach children good habits about protecting their eyes. You won’t regret spending the extra money on the eye-safety accessories.
Tip 3: Avoid Sharp or Pointed Toys
Swords and other fake knives are some of the most common causes of child eye injuries. Although they’re plastic they can still cause actual harm. If you do decide to gift a sword or other sharp toy, don’t forget to explain to the child that they’re still dangerous and should be handled with more caution than other toys.
Tip 4: When an Injury Occurs
If you have a minor poke or scratch of the eye, you can visit a VSP network doctor to make sure everything is OK. Even minor injuries to the eye can be very painful, so you may get drops to help numb or treat the injured eye. You can save yourself some potential financial pain by enrolling in a vision insurance plan from VSPDirect.com. VSP Individual Vision Plans are perfect for the family that doesn’t have vision insurance through an employer; you can enroll any time during the year!
This is a guest post by VSP employee Jessica Caswell.