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November 24, 2021
The American Academy of Ophthalmology has put together an “Ophthalmologist-Approved Holiday Gift Guide” for parents to help them find toys that are safe for their kids’ eyes. While there are specific toys that can cause serious damage, there are also specific toys that can cause a family to spend more together, and less time on the screen.
Keep these tips in mind when you start your holiday shopping:
Eyes are particularly vulnerable to injuries. And serious injuries to the eye can have life-long effects. Commonly reported injuries from toys include corneal abrasions and ocular hyphema. More severe trauma can lead to retinal detachment, ruptured eyeballs, and even blindness.
The good news is that most eye injuries can be easily prevented by following a few key safety tips:
Get your children’s creative juices flowing with different art and craft supplies that will guarantee less screen-time! From paint sets to coloring books, to easels and jewelry beads, your children will become little artistic masterminds with the right tools. Just be sure to check the recommended age limits.
Sports equipment like snow gear, roller skates, a trampoline, hiking boots, or the classic bicycle gift are all good ways to encourage healthy outdoor play. Have a kid athlete in your life? Get them the right protective eyewear for their sport of choice. For skiers or snowboarders, that means UV-protected goggles—cold weather does not shield the eyes from the sun!
As your toddler’s hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills naturally develop, toys such as building blocks or puzzles become easier to use. Age-appropriate board games for learning how to count, tell time, memory games, and other educational themes are good options. For older kids, find classic board games in foreign languages—such as Guess Who or Scrabble—to practice basic language questions and grammar in a new language.
Tabletopics Teen Edition or What Do You Meme are great for getting teen eyes up and away from their phones and interacting with friends and family. And let’s not forget a family favorite that takes HOURS to finish — Monopoly.
These kits will surly get a few laughs and secretly encourage eye-healthy eating. There are services that deliver good produce not being sold on farms for cosmetic reasons straight to your door. Cook a meal together as a family or set your master chef teen up for success with these nutritious ingredients. Just make sure to forward them a copy of these kitchen eye safety tips.
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