The holiday season is a time for family, fun and festivity, including fun for children and their new toys.
As part of Safe Toys and Celebrations Month, sponsored by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the eye doctor association offers suggestions for eye safety this season:
Select only toys and gifts appropriate for the child''s age and maturity level.
Avoid toys with sharp, protruding or projectile parts and check labels for American Society for Testing and Materials approval to be sure toys meet national safety standards.
Consider carefully before giving BB, paint or pellet guns or air-powered rifles as gifts.
If giving sports equipment, make sure to include the appropriate protective headgear such as helmets, facemasks or goggles with polycarbonate lenses.
Be careful around Christmas trees. Branches and needles can be hazardous to eyes.
Bring on the bubbly, but watch the corks. Make sure champagne corks are pointed away from anybody''s face when opening the bottle.
by Virginia Sutcliffe