Every year thousands of children sustain permanent eye injuries that could have been prevented with protective eye wear. We mention this because now that school is out your child will probably be participating in all types of activities from structured sports to arts and crafts to make-believe games with their friends. It’s important that you reiterate proper eye safety practices to them to help prevent possible eye injuries.
Keep these tips on preventing eye injuries in your children:
- Make sure your child wears sports eye protection made with polycarbonate lenses when playing baseball, basketball, football, racquet sports, soccer, hockey, lacrosse, and paintball.
- Keep all chemicals and sprays out of reach from small children.
- Practice safe use of common items that can cause serious eye injury, such as paper clips, pencils, scissors, bungee cords, wire coat hangers and rubber bands.
- Only purchase age-appropriate toys.
- Avoid projectile toys such as darts, bows and arrows, and missile-firing toys.
- Look for toys marked with “ASTM”, which means the product meets the national safety standards set by the American Society for Testing and Materials.
- Do not allow your children to play with non-powder rifles, pellet guns or BB guns.
- Do not allow children anywhere near fireworks, especially bottle rockets because they pose a serious risk of eye injury and have been banned in several states. (American Academy of Ophthalmology)
Do you have any personal prevention tips you use when it comes to your children?
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