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Consider Eye Safety When Choosing Kids' Toys
As holiday shopping season kicks off, here are tips on buying toys and sports-related items
-- Robert Preidt
THURSDAY, Nov. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Are you planning to shop on Black Friday for holiday gifts for the kids? Experts urge you to keep an eye on eye safety when making your choices.
U.S. emergency rooms treated 251,800 toy-related injuries in 2014, according to a report last year from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Forty-four percent of those injuries were to the head and face area.
And a recent study in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology said basketball, baseball and air guns caused nearly half of all primary sports-related eye injuries.
"When giving the gift of sports equipment, Prevent Blindness strongly urges also providing sports eye protection," Hugh Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness, said in a news release from the group.
"An eyecare professional can provide guidance for the best protection for each sport and athlete," he added.
Prevent Blindness also offers these toy safety tips:
Safe Kids Worldwide has more on toy safety.
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