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How to Select Toys that are Eye Safe

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Holiday season is right around the corner and we all know what that means, dolls, radio controlled airplanes, and Leapster Explorers. Adoring parents enjoy surprising the little ones with the ''in'' toys for the holidays.
It is necessary that parents instruct others about some rules when it comes to toy safety and vision. Accidents involving toys and games can occur, occasionally causing damaged eyes.

What can adults do to protect young kids from toy related harm?

  1. When buying a toy, ensure it is developmentally suitable. Be careful not to permit small siblings to use toys and games made for older children.
  2. Look for a toy that is well made and stay away from toys with dangerous edges. Make sure toys with a handle such as swords or pony sticks have smooth and round ends.
  3. Supervise small kids as they play.
  4. Protect little eyes by steering clear of any toys with sharp edges or plastic or wooden missiles, commonly found in war-themed toys.

Before giving in and buying the popular toy or game that your child has been pleading with you for, take a minute to read eye safety guidelines for toys. Anyone who has ever watched ''A Christmas Story'' should have learned that already. Avoid a trip to the ER this year and have a joyous holiday.