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Toy Safety Guide

As you are making your Christmas gift shopping list, are you checking it twice to make sure the toys you are buying are safe for the eyes? If not, you are not alone, a survey done by the Canadian Ophthalmological Society revealed that only 29% of Canadians consider eye safety when purchasing toys for their children. With over 1 million toy-related injuries treated in emergency rooms across the U.S. between 2015 and 2018, eye safety should remain top of mind.

Toy-related eye injuries range from corneal abrasions to retinal detachments and penetrating globe injuries. Superficial eye injuries can be treated by your optometrist. Those requiring surgery can be promptly referred by your optometrist to an eye surgeon.

Toys to avoid:

  • Toys with sharp or pointed edges

  • Projectiles or toy guns

  • Aerosol sprays

  • Bright flashlights and laser pointers

  • Fireworks or firecrackers

If you suffer from an eye injury, skip the ER wait line and visit your optometrist for proper treatment or referral to an eye surgeon if needed.


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