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Press Release Archive (2016)

December is Safe Toys & Celebrations Month

The holiday season is a time for family, fun & festivity 

But, it can also be a dangerous time as each year people suffer eye injuries caused by unsafe toys & celebrations

When choosing gifts, select toys and gifts appropriate for a child's age & maturity level. Avoid toys with sharp protruding parts like paint or pellet guns, rifles and darts. If you are giving sports equipment, be sure to include appropriate protective gear, such as helmets, face masks or goggles. These gifts can reduce eye injuries by 90 percent.

Christmas tree branches and needles can be hazardous to eyes, so be especially careful when untying or decorating your tree. The branches can quickly burst forward, injuring your eyes.

Celebrating the New Year ushers in the excitement to include fireworks. Schedule your holiday to attend professional fireworks displays. Never allow children to play with fireworks or sparklers because there is no safe way to handle them.

Even opening champagne can be dangerous.

To keep eyes safe from holiday eye injuries, follow these five EyeSmart tips:

  1. Avoid buying toys with sharp, protruding or projectile parts for your kids, and be sure to select gifts that are appropriate for a child's age and maturity.
  2. Make sure children have appropriate supervision and use protective eyewear when playing with potentially hazardous toys or games that could cause injury.
  3. Keep toys made for older children away from younger children.
  4. Be cautions when untying a Christmas tree, as the branches can burst forward, hitting and injuring your eyes. Glass ornaments should be hung out of a child's reach to avoid potential injury.
  5. Follow EyeSmart's champagne cork safety instructions by chilling bottles of sparkling wine, placing towels over the top of the bottle, and then pointing the bottle at a 45-degree angle away from yourself and from any bystanders while you twist the cork loose.

For more information from the American Academy of Ophthalmology click EyeSmart.





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