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Children's Injuries

Accidental injuries cause vision loss in far too many cases and more than half of the victims of eye injuries are children. The answer? Prevention, of course. But when there has been an accidental injury, the right kind of first aid or emergency care is the essential first step. Hospital emergency rooms or trauma centers are usually able to provide emergency medical care for eye injuries, but referral to an opthalmologist should be made to rule out any other complications. Remember that the seriousness of the eye injury may not be immediately obvious.

At home

Many common household items can cause eye damage when they are used improperly. Therefore, you must take care to:

Picture coming soon! Make sure children are properly supervised when playing. Teach children the correct way to handle items like pencils, scissors and knives. Even such common items as paper clips, hangers, rubber bands and fish hooks can cause eye damage in children when improperly used.

  • Pay attention to age and the responsibility level of a child when selecting toys and games. Avoid projectile toys such as darts, pellet guns, etc.
  • Keep chemicals and sprays out of reach of all children.
  • Make sure your child stays well away from lawn mowers and other lawn equipment. Rocks and stones can become dangerous projectiles.
  • NEVER allow children to ignite fireworks.
  • NEVER allow them to use explosive fireworks, and make sure your children stand well away from anyone who is lighting them.
  • In sports

    Sports-related eye injuries are increasing each year. Remember to require that your children:

  • Wear protective safety glasses.
  • Wear specially designed safety helmets.

    Wear a helmet with a polycarbonate eye shield for:

  • Baseball
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse

    Wear sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses and side shields for:

  • Basketball
  • Racquetball
  • Tennis
  • Soccer
  • Physical Defects

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