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December is Holiday Toys and Eye Safety Month

The holidays are rapidly approaching which means dolls, radio controlled airplanes, and Leapster Explorers. Well meaning grandparents love treating the kids to the coolest toys for the holidays. It is important that family members learn and relay to relatives the rules when it comes to toys and eye safety. Mishaps with unsafe toys and games do take place, sometimes causing damage to eyes, or even blindness.

What are some rules to guard kids from toy related injury?

  1. Remember, developmentally appropriate toys only! Don't allow young children to play with toys meant for older siblings.
  2. Check that the toy is well made and stay away from toys with sharp edges. Make sure long-handled toys such as swords or brooms are rounded on the edge.
  3. Supervise little kids as they play.
  4. Prevent eye injuries by throwing out toys that have sharp edges or catapult launchers.

Before you purchase the popular toy that your child really wants, take a few moments to read eye safety guidelines when it comes to children's toys and games. Anyone who has ever watched ''A Christmas Story'' should have learned that already. Happy Holidays to all.


Please be advised that all office visits including exams, frame selections, repairs, pick-ups, and drop-offs are by appointment only. We are required to wear a face mask in our office and ask that you bring yours to your appointment.

We are happy to serve our patients and community and are committed to keeping you as safe as possible.

Thank you.

The Shuswap Optometric Team