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How can you tell which toys are safe for your kids? Eyes are particularly vulnerable to injuries. And serious injuries to the eye can have life-long effects. Commonly reported injuries from toys include corneal abrasions and ocular hyphema. More severe trauma can lead to retinal detachment, ruptured eyeballs, and even blindness. The good news is that most eye injuries can be easily prevented:

  • Avoid purchasing toys with sharp, protruding, or projectile parts.
  • Make sure children are appropriately supervised when playing with potentially hazardous toys or games.
  • Check labels of laser products for evidence that the device complies with 21 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) Subchapter J.
  • If you give sports equipment, also give the appropriate protective eyewear with polycarbonate lenses.
  • Check labels for age recommendations and be sure to select gifts that are appropriate for a child’s age and maturity.
  • Keep toys that are made for older children away from younger children.

What if my child does get injured? If your child experiences an eye injury from a toy, seek medical attention right away.

And…what about the (adult) cooks in the kitchen? Nutritious meals can help protect your eyes for a lifetime – but preparing those meals can be dangerous. Avoid common eye hazards and stay safe with these kitchen eye safety tips.

To learn more ways to keep your family’s eyes healthy, visit the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s EyeSmart® website.