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How to Properly Celebrate Safe Toys and Celebrations Month

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December is truly a time to celebrate and enjoy being with your loved ones. It’s also the month of Safe Toys and Celebrations. To help ensure the safety of your children during this season, your pediatric eye doctor from Park Slope Eye shares these child eye safety tips.

How to Properly Celebrate Safe Toys and Celebrations Month

As a parent, it’s a natural tendency to give your children toys as gifts. While many toys make great gifts, remember to be mindful of the gifts you choose, paying attention to all aspects and components of them, from the gift wrapping to the gift itself. To simplify the selection process, here are the toys you should avoid buying, regardless of the season or occasion.

Toy Guns

Toy guns that shoot projectiles, whether or not they’re made of soft materials, pose a serious risk of eye injuries. Given the proper speed and distance, these projectiles can even damage your child’s eyeglasses. For your peace of mind, it’s best to stay away from water guns, as well.

Sharp, Pointy Toys

Certain toys such as pretend fishing poles may seem harmless enough, but they can cause serious eye injuries. Anything that has a sharp, pointy end is a potential cause of eye injury.

Toys With Chemicals

Aerosol strings, more commonly known as party strings, contain certain substances that may cause chemical burns to your child’s eyes, especially when sprayed at close range.

Finding Alternatives

Toys are an integral part of childhood. While your kids’ safety is a priority, it’s equally important to let them explore and enjoy themselves with toys. Bearing this in mind, try to choose age-appropriate toys that will stimulate their visual development rather than impair it. To this end, building blocks and storybooks are among the safest and most educational toys you can give your kids.

At Park Slope Eye, we treat every single one of our patients like family. We provide quality eye care all year round, including dry eye treatment services. Call us at (347) 380-7070 to schedule a visit. We work with patients in Brooklyn, NY.


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    Dr. Justin Bazan is a 2004 SUNY College of Optometry graduate. He established Park Slope Eye in 2008 with the goal of providing high quality eyecare and incredible eyewear for the neighborhood. He has a true passion for optometry and stay up to date with the current research and trends. He is active in the profession and holds several leadership positions on the local, state and national levels. Dr. Bazan is a Park Slope local and can often be seen out in the neighborhood so be sure to say Hi next time you see him!

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