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Toys to Keep Your Child’s Eyes Safe!

“This is Dr. Schlussel, live from Midtown Manhattan on Thanksgiving. I want to reach out to all of our listeners, and wish you all a happy, healthy holiday season with your family…”

Today I would like to be thankful, for my family, my supporters, and certainly my patients and staff that have been supportive of my Practice for the last 30 years. My eye care office is in East Town Manhattan on East 33rd Street, and I also have a satellite office in West Orange, New Jersey. Those who want to visit our website can do that at

As we are getting into the holiday season, with Hanukah and the Christmas holiday starting in about a month from now, we’re going to talk about: Toys to keep your child’s eyes safe!

Every child likes toys, and parents and grandparents take pleasure buying fun gifts to be enjoyed by their young loved ones? But some toys that look really fun can pose a major risk of eye injuries and traumas that can result in permanent vision loss. Toy related eye injuries are more common than people think.  The US Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that toy related injuries account for over 250 000 emergency room visits each year, and the number is rising. Many are due to eye injuries. Accidents with toys can cause eye injuries ranging from corneal abrasions to much more serious injuries that could threaten a person’s eyesight such as bleeding in the eye, corneal ulcers, retinal detachment, and traumatic cataracts.

  • Toy guns or anything that shoots projectiles
  • Water guns and balloon launchers
  • Toy Fishing poles
  • Wands, swords, and the like
  • Aerosol string and party foam
  • Laser pointers and bright flashlights including LED lights.

For the complete list including the injuries these kinds of toys and games typically cause, and the WATCH list for worst toys of 2013, see:

Isn’t anything safe? When considering whether a toy is right for your child, take the age recommendation into account. You should know, though, that this is only a recommendation; ultimately, it comes down to developmental appropriateness. Even if a toy with small pieces is labeled children ages 3 and up, if your 4-year-old still likes to put things in his or her mouth, that toy should be out of the question. For those older children who are playing with woodworking tools and chemistry sets, they are not too young for safety goggles. Train them about eye safety now. For more on what to avoid, and lists of toys and games that are actually fun and safe for kids, see:

Dry eye is a very important topic now that most people’s air conditioning and heating systems are on in their homes. A lot of heating and air conditioners – especially heaters in the winter time in most areas of the country – can be very drying to the eyes. So we’ll be talking about that during our next radio show. Access our website for the next episode. You can contact me at, and I would love to hear any suggestions you might have for future radio show topics. Now I would like to bid adieu and wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving for today, safe travels, and happy holidays for the next month or so. “Thank you very much for tuning in. This is Dr. Schlussel of Eye Care Blog Talk Radio.”

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