Judith Whitehead – Contributing Writer
Now that the holidays are finished and children have been given many new toys, the increase in eye injuries will start.
Not only children but adults are also affected.
There are many toys on the market that are desired by children and are not always age appropriate for their use. Advertising is a strong motivator for many parents and family members and some toys with power behind them are not always the safest to use.
Anything that “shoots” something into the air is always a hazard unless care is taken to provide eye protection and head protection. Toys that go up, must come down, and, along with any toy of this nature, must come appropriate goggles to wear.
Toys that use sprays or paints can spray into the air are also an eye hazard.
Children’s portable workshops that teach wood working and craft-making can also be dangerous and eye protection must be used.
Every year, our office has a few injuries to the eyes. We have seen BB gun injuries, nail punctures, and chemical sprays into the eyes.
Just taking a few minutes to teach your children about safety and eye protection can save a lifetime of permanent injury to the eyes.
Also, believe it or not, we also get Christmas tree injuries and branch or needle punctures into the eye while putting up a tree or disposing of them.
We must stress eye protection for adults and children to form good habits for the rest of their lives; it will save your eyesight.
Judith Whitehead, of East Amherst, is a certified ophthalmic technician.