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Holiday Eye Safety
T

he holiday season is here, and for
parents of young children that
means a return to the annual toyshopping frenzy.
Before you start notching items off
your gift list, take a moment to consider
safety precautions that might save an
eye and a whole lot of headache.
First, the facts. According to the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission,
more than 251,000 children under the
age of 12 were taken to the emergency
room for toy-related injuries last year.
The study found 44 percent of those
injuries were to the head and eye area.
We all know how big our kids’ eyes
get when they finally unwrap that
toy they’ve waited all year for. It’s
important to protect those eyes from
preventable hazards. All it takes is a
little discretionary shopping.
Consider toy guns and other play
weapons. Between 2010 and 2012,
researchers at Stanford University
found a 500 percent rise in children’s
eye trauma related to airsoft and pellet
guns.
From scratches of the cornea to much
more serious and potentially blinding
injuries, toys like darts, slingshots and
even drones can cause a host of eye
injuries.

That’s why it’s imperative to
understand the risk of toy weapons
before filling up your shopping cart
with potentially dangerous gifts. The
American Academy of Ophthalmology
is urging parents to avoid buying toys
with sharp or projectile parts, such as
toy guns.
Also, be on the lookout for laser toys
that do not have a Code of Federal
Regulations compliance statement, as
they may also cause eye injuries. When
it comes to sports items, make sure
children have protective eyewear with
polycarbonate frames and lenses. These
are shatterproof and offer much more
protection.

About the Coastal Jersey
Eye Center:
Dr. Stephen H. Uretsky is a boardcertified ophthalmologist with 30
years of practice experience. Coastal
Jersey Eye Center features an optical
center, Classic Eyewear, which provides
eyeglass frames and lenses to suit every
style and budget. For more information
on eye exams or to schedule an
appointment, please call 609.927.3373.
To reach the Optical Shop in Linwood,
call 609.927.4424; for Cape May Court
House, call 609.465.7927.

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