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Video: Tips on Buying Eye-Safe Toys for Your Kids

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Your children’s vision plays a central role in their growth and development. This is why it’s crucial for parents to be proactive about their children’s visual health, which includes protecting them from the risk of eye injuries. Did you know that approximately 250,000 toy-related eye accidents happen to children each year? In today’s post, your trusted pediatric eye doctor shares some important things to consider when buying toys for your children.

Choose Age-Appropriate Toys

Always read the label on the back of a toy before purchasing it, and don’t purchase a toy that is not recommended for your child’s age group. Mobiles with large and colorful objects, for example, are best for three- to four-month-old babies. They help improve babies’ visual reflexes and focusing abilities. We also suggest looking for the American Society for Testing and Materials certification, which guarantees that the toy has undergone and passed national safety requirements.

Invest in Child Safety Eyewear

One of the most effective ways to keep your children’s eyes protected is to have them wear safety eyeglasses. Most protective eyeglasses are made of polycarbonate, which has excellent durability and impact resistance.

Say No to Toys with Sharp Edges, Protruding Features, or Projectile Functions

Toys with protruding features or that can be used as projectiles, such as darts, airsoft guns, and arrows, may seem exciting. The problem is, they are more likely to cause traumatic cataracts, childhood corneal abrasions, and other eye injuries. Reduce the risk of injury by choosing safer toys for your children.

Bigger Toys Tend to Be Safer

Size matters when it comes to buying eye-safe and child-friendly toys. Bigger toys are generally more sturdily constructed, which makes them less likely to break and cause eye injuries. They are ideal for kids who are still developing their fine motor skills.

For more tips on choosing eye-safe toys for your children, turn to Park Slope Eye. We provide high-quality pediatric eye care, dry eye treatment, and more. Complete our form to request an appointment. We serve Brooklyn, NY, and the surrounding communities.

 

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  • Written by Justin Bazan

    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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