Toys can make a child happy, but they can also damage their vision. In a recent study, about 250,000 cases of eye injuries in children are reported yearly, some caused by seemingly harmless toys. To avoid impairing vision, Eyes On Norbeck, an eyeglasses specialist in the area, lists four types of toys to avoid when buying gifts for your children.
1. Toys With Projectile Function
These toys often come with lightweight, cushy darts that can cause injury when shot directly toward the eyes. Many parents think that the soft projectiles pose no risk. The truth is, toy guns with projectile function can shoot at a distance of up to 75 feet with the darts moving at speeds fast enough to cause eye injuries.
2. Aerosol String
How can this type of toy damage eyesight? The chemicals in these products can irritate the eyes and result in chemical conjunctivitis. Corneal abrasions may also be a problem if a child uses an aerosol string at a close distance.
3. Water Balloon Launchers and Water Guns
Playing with water balloon launchers and water guns, especially at close range, can impair eyesight. Blunt trauma to the eye can result in retinal detachment and even cause vision loss. Visit your local optometrist or eye doctor if your child has suffered a water gun-related eye injury.
4. Laser Pointers and Flashlights
Technically, laser pointers and flashlights are not toys, but many children enjoy playing with them. These devices, however, use intense wavelengths of light that can cause vision problems if shone into the eyes. In worst case scenarios, they can cause vision loss.
Turn to Eyes On Norbeck for your vision care needs. We provide computer vision exam and other eye services to help maintain healthy eyesight. Call us today at (301) 241-0553 or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment. We serve residents of Rockville, MD, and other nearby locations.