When you are shopping this Christmas season, be aware of toys that could be dangerous to your children’s vision. Choosing the right toy for your children is a concern for every parent. Children’s visual systems are developing as they grow and it is important to protect their eyes and vision especially when they are young. Infants may only be able to see things up close and as they grow they may become farsighted or nearsighted. It is important to have your child’s eyes examined by 18 months old to ensure they do not have any eye muscle imbalance, eye turn or other condition that needs treatment. Only your eye doctor can determine if this is the case.
Nothing stimulates a child’s vision like a toy. Children spend a lot of time playing with their toys and many accidents occur at home. It’s vital they are playing with safe toys for their overall health and eye safety.
Some toys parents should avoid:
Toy guns that shoot any type of projectile including water guns, BB guns and water balloon launchers
Games with fishing poles
Toy swords and wands
Aerosol silly string
Toys with sharp objects and sharp sides
Make sure you supervise your children when they are playing with their new toys. If you or your child suffers an injury to the eye from a toy, see your eye doctor immediately. The injury could get worse and could potentially cause vision loss if not treated immediately.
Dr. Warren Johnson | Dr. Do Nguyen | Dr. Burt Bodan