The holidays are upon us and we all know what that means, toys and presents. Adoring grandparents love surprising the favorite little ones with the coolest toys to start off the New Year.

Leading optometry specialists advise that parents advise relatives about some rules about eye safety and choosing toys. Injuries involving toys may take place, occasionally causing damage to eyes, or even blindness.

Below are some tips to guard kids from toy related injury:

  • Only purchase gifts which are age and developmentally appropriate. Do not permit little children to play with toys and games intended for older children.
  • Check that the toy is well made and that there are no sharp corners. Make sure stick toys such as swords or pony sticks are smooth on the end.
  • Watch little children during playtime.
  • Protect little eyes by discarding toy or games with points, spikes, rods or plastic or wooden missiles, commonly found in war-themed toys.

Before purchasing that latest game that your child really wants, spend a minute to check eye safety guidelines when it comes to children’s toys. The holidays are a great time for creating special moments with your family members, not the emergency room doctor. Wishing you a happy and safe holiday season.