Playing with toys can help stimulate young children’s visual development. However, did you know that at least 250,000 reported cases of childhood eye injuries each year are toy-related?
As we observe Safe Toys and Gifts Month, your reliable eye doctor shares four tips to remember when buying toys for your child.
1. Look for Age-Appropriate Toys
Most toys contain a recommended age group label. For example, balls, rattles and mobiles with large, colorful items help enhance a newborn’s visual reflexes. Look for this label and avoid purchasing toys that are recommended for older children than yours. Another detail you should not miss is the American Society for Testing and Materials seal, which means the toy has passed national standards and can be played with safely.
2. Refrain From Buying Toys With Sharp Edges
Kids are often drawn to toys that can be used as projectiles or that have sharp edges like airsoft guns, darts and arrows. However, buying and letting them play with these kinds of toys can put them at higher risk of sustaining eye injuries. If your child does sustain an eye injury, bring them to your trusted eye clinic immediately. We’ll perform a comprehensive eye exam to assess the extent of the trauma and provide necessary treatment.
3. Look for Large Toys
When it comes to choosing eye-safe toys for young children, the bigger the better. Small children are still developing their fine motor abilities, making them likely to drop things they hold. Large toys generally have a more stable structure, which means they are less prone to accidental breakage. They’re also less likely to cause choking should your child put the object in their mouth.
Another important step you can do to maintain your children’s visual safety is to have their eyes checked for any irregularities. Impaired eyesight may prevent them from seeing their toys clearly, which is a safety risk. We may prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses for their improved visual acuity.
Call us today at (301) 859-4060 to learn more tips on choosing eye-friendly toys for your kids. You may also complete our form to schedule an appointment. We serve Washington, DC, and Arlington, VA.