With the holiday toy-shopping frenzy in full swing, chances are there’s a lucky kid or two on your gift list. Of course, you want to pick out something enjoyable. But some toys may pose a serious threat of eye injury to children, especially toy guns. The UCLA Stein Eye and Doheny Eye Institutes and the American Academy of Ophthalmology are urging parents to avoid buying toys that can cause serious eye injuries and even blindness in children.
Recent research shows airsoft guns and pellet guns caused a 500 percent rise in kids’ eye trauma between 2010 and 2012. Commonly reported eye injuries included scratches to the cornea and hyphema, a pooling of blood in the front of the eye. More severe trauma that can end in blindness includes retinal detachment and rupture of the eyeball. Another study found 251,800 children under the age of 12 were treated in U.S. emergency rooms for toy-related injuries last year, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
But, not all toys have to shoot bullets to harm a child’s eyes. A foam dart gun, slingshots and even drones can also pose a danger to children’s vision. The Academy encourages parents to keep in mind the following when purchasing toys this holiday season:
For more information on toy safety, see the American Academy of Ophthalmology's toy safety page. If your child experiences an eye injury from a toy, seek immediate medical attention from an ophthalmologist, a physician specializing in medical and surgical eye care, or for a serious eye injury go to an emergency room. To find an ophthalmologist near you, visit uclahealth.org/eye.
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