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Eye safety tips when purchasing toys during the holidays

The final rush to finish your holiday shopping is on. But, as you finish we have some important information to tell you about when purchasing gifts. What type of toys are you buying your kids and grandkids this year? Some toys pose serious dangers to your children's eyes including blindess. In fact, 251,800 children under the age of 12 were treated in U.S. emergency rooms for toy-related injuries last year, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. A 2015 study found eye trauma from airsoft guns and pellet guns increased more than 500 percent, but toy guns with bullets aren't the only dangerous toys. Foam dart guns and sling shots also pose serious dangers to children's eyes. 

Here are some important tips as you make your final holiday purchases. 

1). Avoid purchasing toys with sharp, protruding or projectile parts

2). If you give sports equipment for a gift, provide children with the protective eyewear with polycarbonate lenses

3). Purchase gifts that are suited for a child's age and maturity. You can check the toy's labels

If your child does experience an eye injury, seek immediate medical attention from an ophthalmologist. Please give us a call at 502-458-9004.

{Read more: Rise in Eye Injuries from Toy Guns Prompts Call for Careful Holiday Shopping

{Read more: Toys to Avoid this Holiday season}

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