The holiday season upon us with friends and family celebrating together, so let’s keep it safe and welcome in the holiday and New Year with good health and good eye care as well.
When choosing toys for gifts, be certain to buy safe toys. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, roughly a quarter of a million children in the ER departments each year due to toy-related injuries.
1. Guns that shoot any type of projectile. This includes toy guns that shoot lightweight, crusty darts. Even these darts can move at speeds fast enough to cause serious eye injury especially at close range.
2. Water balloon launcher and water guns. Water balloons can cause serious blunt trauma to the eye that can cause a retinal detachment and permanent vision loss. Just like a dart, guns that shoot a stream of water can cause serious eye damage, especially at close range.
3. Games that include toy fishing poles. Like regular fishing poles, toy fishing poles or objects secured to the eye of the fishing line can wind up in another child’s eyes.
4. Toy wand, swords, sabers or guns with bayonets. These are so ease to accidentally poke another in the eyes.
Aerosol string. The chemicals in these products can cause eye irritation and chemical conjunctivitis (pink eye). When used a close range, this product can also cause a cornea abrasion that could lead to serious eye infections.
6. Laser pointer and bright flashlights. Many children love to play laser or flashlight tag. These laser pointers such those used in business presentation can cause permanent vision loss if flashed into eyes. High power LED flashlights can cause temporary blindness which puts children at risk of a fall or other accidents.
Some of the Worst Toys for 2017 – All of these could be hazardous to children’s eyes.
Nerf Zombie Strike Dreadbolt Crossbow by Hasbro.
Even though this toy has an age recommendation of 8 and older, the 8 year old has to be trusted never to aim at the face of people or animals.This crossbow launches arrows at a force that could cause eye injuries.
WonderWoman Battle Action Sword by Mattel
This is a rigid plastic sword that can cause facial, eye and other impact injuries. However, like the Nerf Zombie Strike Dreadbolt Crossbow, if the child is not careful of his surroundings, he could easy injury another’s eyes.
Spider-Man Spider Drone Office Movie Edition by Marvel
This is a drone that can rotate at a high speed. The rotors which spin can injury eyes, hair and other body parts.
Slimeball Slinger by Diggin Active
This resembles a slingshot and is sold with “squishy” slime balls that can be fired over 30 feet. Once again if the child is not careful the slime ball can cause an blunt trauma to the eyes.
Nerf Rival Apollo XV-700 Blaster by Hasbro
This is a toy assault gun that shoots yellow foam at high impact rounds. This toy is so dangerous that the images on the box shows children wearing masks that cover their eyes face. However, these masks are NOT included. These masks should be used not just by the user, but also by anyone nearby.
Flying Heroes Superman Launcher by I-Star Entertainment; The Bridge Direct
This toy is recommended for children as young as age 4, but can you trust a 4 year old never to aim at the eyes or face. This whirling superhero can easily cause a serious corneal abrasion or other eye injury.
Banzai Bump N’ Bounce Body Bumpers by Toyquest
This is an inflatable body suit that covers the wearer from the neck to above the knees with openings for the arms. The body suit is suppose to allow the user to bounce off something else if the user runs into it. Because the Body Bumper suit may reduce a child’s ability to control a fall, there is an increased risk of injury to the head, face and eyes.