Keeping An Eye On Holiday Toy Safety

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As the packages pile up under the tree, it’s important to keep in mind that while toys are fun, they can also be dangerous. In fact, emergency rooms in the United States treated over 265,000 toy-related injuries last year. This makes safety a significant factor when selecting toys for children.

Recently, The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) recently issued a warning to parents about the risks that some toys present to children’s vision (almost half of toy-related injuries that result in an ER visit involve the face or head). If you plan to give gifts to children this year, you should keep eye safety in mind before making a purchase.

Based on the AAO’s recommendations, here are some tips for keeping your kids safe while they enjoy their holiday presents:


Risky Toys and Prevention

According to the AAO statement, toys that can contribute to eye injuries include:

  • BB, airsoft and paintball guns
  • Laser toys
  • Sports equipment
  • Toys with sharp or protruding parts
  • Darts

Accidents involving toys can cause serious eye injuries, some of which could permanently damage a child’s eyesight.



In addition to being aware of the types of toys that can result in eye injury, it’s also important for gift givers and parents to:

  • Read toy labels for age group recommendations. What may be safe for a 10 year old may not be a good choice for a child of seven.
  • Provide adequate supervision while playing with toys.
  • Seek medical attention if a child receives an eye injury, even if it doesn’t initially appear to be serious.


Eye Protection

The AAO recommends that parents purchase adequate eye protection for their children in the form of glasses or goggles with polycarbonate lenses. Zenni provides a full range of affordable children’s glasses and sports goggles that may be appropriate for your children. You should, of course, always talk to your eye doctor about the type of eye protection that is best for your child’s needs.