Toys to Avoid this Holiday Season
Dec 15, 2017 - 2:35:59 PM

Dec. 15, 2017 -- Some of the hottest toys this year may not be the best gift for your child. About a quarter of a million children are seen in hospital emergency departments in the U.S. each year due to toy-related injuries, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.1Nearly half of those injuries were to the head and face, including the eyes. And about 35 percent of toy-related injuries are sustained by children under age 5. That's why the American Academy of Ophthalmology wants to remind parents and grandparents to take care when choosing gifts for children.

Common toy-related eye injuries range from a minor scratch to the front surface of the eye (corneal abrasion) to serious, sight-threatening injuries such as traumatic cataractbleeding inside the eyeretinal detachment, and even permanent vision loss.

Ophthalmologists – physicians who specialize in medical and surgical eye care – urge people to follow these tips when purchasing toys this holiday.

"It's all fun and games until someone gets hurt," said Jane C. Edmond, a clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology." These recommendations ensure our loved ones avoid preventable eye damage and have healthy vision for years to come."

If someone you know experiences an eye injury, seek immediate medical attention from an ophthalmologist. For more information on toy safety or other eye conditions and diseases, visit the American Academy of Ophthalmology's EyeSmart® website.

About the American Academy of Ophthalmology
The American Academy of Ophthalmology is the world's largest association of eye physicians and surgeons. A global community of 32,000 medical doctors, we protect sight and empower lives by setting the standards for ophthalmic education and advocating for our patients and the public. We innovate to advance our profession and to ensure the delivery of the highest-quality eye care. Our EyeSmart® program provides the public with the most trusted information about eye health. For more information, visit

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