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Tips to Avoid Eye Injuries During this Holiday Season 12/10/2018

With the holiday shopping season now in full swing, CODET Vision Institute joins the American Academy of Ophthalmology in reminding the public of certain safety guidelines when choosing the perfect gifts for little ones. A number of studies show that some popular toy types are commonly associated with childhood eye injuries. These include air guns and other toys that shoot projectiles, high-powered lasers, and sports equipment.

Ophthalmologists treat the eye injuries that sometimes result from these products. Both The Academy and CODET are encouraging parents to follow these tips when shopping and using items during this holiday season.

1. Beware of airsoft, BB guns, and other projectile toys. Every year ophthalmologists treat thousands of patients with devastating eye injuries caused by seemingly safe toys. Avoid items with sharp, protruding or projectile parts such as airsoft guns, BB guns and other nonpowder gun–related toys. Foreign objects can easily propel into the sensitive tissue of the eye.

2. Never allow children to play with high-powered laser pointers. A number of recent reports in the United States and internationally show that children have sustained serious eye injuries by playing with high-powered lasers (between 1500 and 6000 milliwatts). Over the years, these lasers have become increasingly more powerful, with enough potential to cause severe retinal damage, with just seconds of laser exposure to the eye. Institutions such as the FDA advises the public to never aim or shine a laser pointer at anyone and to not buy laser pointers for children.

3. Read labels for age recommendations before you buy. To select appropriate gifts suited for a child's age, look for and follow the age recommendations and instructions about proper assembly, use, and supervision.

4. Don't just give presents. Make sure to be present. Always make sure an adult is supervising when children are playing with potentially hazardous toys or games that could cause an eye injury.

5. Know what to do (and what not to). If someone you know experiences an eye injury, seek immediate medical attention from an ophthalmologist. As you wait for medical help, make sure to never to touch, rub, apply pressure, or try to remove any object stuck in the eye.

6. Be careful of flying champagne corks. If you are at a party or reunion where the gifts are being given, remember that warm bottles of champagne and poor technique in removing the cork can result in serious, blinding eye injuries. Make sure they are chilled to at least 45 degrees Fahrenheit before opening. The cork of a warm bottle is more likely to pop unexpectedly. To open the bottle safely, hold down the cork with the palm of your hand while removing the wire hood. Point the bottle at a 45-degree angle away from yourself and from any bystanders. Never use a corkscrew to open the bottle.


"A champagne cork can fly up to 50 mph as it leaves a bottle".

“When the gift-giving and celebratory spirit of the holidays is in full swing, we can forget how easily kids can get injured when playing with certain toys,” said Jane C. Edmond M.D., a clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. “We hope people will take steps to shop and play responsibly this year. Following these tips can help make sure our loved ones have healthy vision for many holiday seasons to come.”

At CODET Vision Institute, we want to encourage everyone to be careful in the handling of their and their children’s holiday items during these festive times. The best way to avoid any serious injuries is careful prevention when using any gifts or toys that can hurt or damage the eyes. Remember: if any accident were to occur, it is very important to see the ophthalmologist right away to be treated immediately.

We hope that this message will help you and your loved ones to enjoy the holidays in a responsible, fun, and loving way. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  

 

Source:
American Academy of Ophthalmology

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