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December is Holiday Toys and Eye Safety Month


The holidays are upon us and that means gifts and new toys. Well meaning family members enjoy treating the favorite little ones with the newest toys to start off the New Year.
The American Optometric Association advises that family members learn and relay to others the guidelines when it comes to safe and age appropriate toys. Injuries involving toys can take place, occasionally causing blindness.


What are some tips to protect kids from toy related injury?


  1. Remember, age suitable toys only! Do not allow younger siblings to play with toys and games meant for older siblings.

  2. Check that the toy is made of strong, durable material and avoid toys with dangerous edges. Make sure long-handled toys such as swords or pony sticks are rounded on the edge.

  3. Supervise small kids as they play.

  4. Protect little eyes by discarding any toys that have pointed tips or projectiles, such as BB guns.


Before buying that new game that your kids have been itching for, take a moment to review toy safety guidelines. Anyone who has ever watched ''A Christmas Story'' should have learned that already. Wishing you a happy and safe holiday season.

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