Holiday Toy Buying Tips Dr. Sandy T. Feldman of Clearview Eye & Laser Medical Center Provides Advice to Parents Shopping for Toys

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Holiday Toy Buying Tips MD offers safety tips for parents when choosing holiday gifts Dr. Sandy T. Feldman of Clearview Eye & Laser Medical Center provides advice to parents shopping for toys

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Celebrate this holiday season responsibly. Before purchasing a toy, spend a few minutes thinking about the inadvertent harm a toy may cause if used improperly

This holiday season, eye safety as well as fun should be on parents’ minds when choosing gifts for children. Toy related injuries accounted for 250,000 emergency room visits in children in 2010 according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission and almost 75% result in children younger than 15 years of age. 1 “A significant part of these injuries are eye related and do not need to happen if people are familiar with the tips outlined below,” according to Dr. Sandy T. Feldman of Clearview Eye & Laser Medical Center. 2

“Certain toys may be more dangerous for eyes than parents think”, says Dr. Sandy T. Feldman. “Without meaning to harm, children may direct projectile objects directly toward another child’s eye, and it is the parents’ job to consider such unintended uses,” the doctor stated.

These following safety tips can make a big difference in maintaining a safe holiday environment according to Dr. Feldman. Parents need to pay attention to the height of the Christmas tree and their child’s height when placing presents under the tree. Needles and branches can inadvertently poke a child’s eye. When purchasing toys, avoid toys with sharp protruding parts or projectile objects that can land in children’s eyes. Do not allow children to play with pellet or BB guns. Make sure that toys are marked with ASTM, which means they meet safety standards by the American Society for Testing and Materials. Children should be taught to properly use their toys and monitored carefully while playing. Purchase eye protection when purchasing sports related gear and set an example when you play sports by wearing eye protection. 3

“Celebrate this holiday season responsibly. Before purchasing a toy, spend a few minutes thinking about the inadvertent harm a toy may cause if used improperly” said Dr. Feldman. Being aware of these few tips can alleviate any accident from happening. When determining what to buy your child or children this holiday season, invest wisely when it comes to their vision,” stated Dr. Feldman

Should an eye injury occur, seek the care of an eye doctor immediately.
1.    http://www.cpsc.gov/library/toymemo10.pdf
2.    http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/281.html
3.    http://www.aahperd.org/naspe/publications/teachingTools/upload/Eye-Safety-At-a-Glance-Protecting-Your-Child-s-Vision-in-Sports.pdf

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