Child Eye Safety for the Home
Home safety for young children is much more than installing outlet covers and corner bumpers. Your child's eyes play a major role in how they learn and grow and protecting them is key. In fact, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, half of all eye injuries occur in or around the home and 125,000 eye injuries occur every year due to common household products. Here are some ways you can ensure your child's eyes are as safe and protected as possible.
Safety with Toys
Toys with sharp corners or edges can easily hurt young children, especially those who are beginning to explore. Be sure to purchase only toys designed for the age range of your child, and until your child is much older, avoid purchasing toys that have points, spikes, or sharp corners. Also, avoid purchasing flying or projectile toys -- these can be a danger to children of all ages. Remember that although BB guns may not be real guns, they still pose a threat to kids. Keep them locked away and only allow older children to use them with parental supervision.
For young children, the installation of safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs is critical. Cabinet door and drawer locks should also be installed in kitchens and bathrooms to prevent children from getting ahold of dangerous chemicals. Personal items like cosmetics, lotions, and perfumes can also be eye irritants and should be kept well out of reach, and products like fertilizers or pesticides should be secured outdoors if possible. For babies and toddlers starting to move around the home, padding or cushioning sharp furniture or wall edges can be particularly helpful.
Safety in the Car
While using a car seat is a no-brainer, many people don't think about how car accidents can not only do damage to a child's body but also their eyes. Even a minor accident can result in eye injury if the circumstances are right. Follow the CDC's recommendations for child passenger safety and remove any loose items from the vehicle or store them in the trunk. In a collision, loose items can also harm passengers, especially children.
Has Your Child Suffered an Eye Injury? Visit a Texas Optometrist Today
Accidents happen and when they do, you need to be prepared. If your child has suffered a minor or severe eye injury, don't hesitate to contact the Eye Gallery for an appointment with one of our experienced optometrists.
Call today for an appointment at our Plano or Prosper locations at (972) 519-0006 or (214) 305-4020.