4 Ways to Protect Children’s Vision during the Holidays, from Park Ophthalmology

Park 12-18-15 ID-100366614 kdshutterman 12-18-15Children across the Triangle region are looking forward to Christmas and the wonderful gifts they will find under the tree. The facts are each holiday season, some children are injured when new toys are used inappropriately or by the very young. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2014, U.S. hospital emergency departments treated 251,000 toy-related injuries; 40 percent of those injuries to the head and face area. It is important to note that there are common-sense precautions parents can take to prevent eye injuries.

To prepare for the holiday, Dr. Beth R. Friedland and Park Ophthalmology share details on toys that pose the most danger to children’s eyes and what parents can do to ensure children’s vision.

Park Ophthalmology offers four key factors to toy safety and injury prevention: 

  • Sharp objects, projectiles: Obviously small children should not be given toys with sharp protruding parts. Arrows and darts can be dangerous if aimed at another person, but can be safely used by older children with adult supervision. BB guns, airsoft guns and paintball guns can also be hazardous if used without precautions.
  • Drones: Drones are one of the hottest items now on the market, but an inexperienced user could fly one in a way that endangers others.
  • Lasers: All laser toys should include a label that shows compliance with 21 CFR Subchapter J, which ensures that the product meets the Code of Federal Regulations requirements for laser products, including power limitations. A laser should never be directly aimed at humans, planes, or animals.
  • Injury prevention: There are many actions parents can take to make sure children’s eyes stay safe while playing with new toys. All new gifts should be checked to make sure they are age-appropriate. With BB, airsoft or paintball guns, parents can provide proper education in how to use those items as well as adult supervision while the guns are in use. Finally, sports goggles are appropriate gear for youngsters to wear to protect their eyes while also having fun.

Park Ophthalmology is your Triangle-area resource for information on eye health. Our friendly staff is always happy to answer eye care questions or to schedule your next exam with Dr. Beth R. Friedland.


Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about the vision care is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.


Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

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Raleigh, NC 27615

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