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Important Tips for Eye Safety During the Holiday Season

Did you know that 1 out of 10 children’s eye injuries that end up in the emergency room are caused by toys? The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) is commemorating Safe Toys and Celebrations Month in December, and Nevada Eye Physicians has researched some of the easiest and best ways to protect your eye health. At our clinic, we help individuals and families avoid some of the most common injuries this time of year, such as getting hit in the eye. Learn more information by reading below or contacting one of our eight convenient locations in Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder City, Mesquite, and Pahrump, NV, for an appointment. 

Eye safety tips for adults 

It’s not just children who suffer from eye injuries during the holiday season. Eye safety begins with you. For example, when cutting down your own tree, remember to wear eye protection, especially if you're using a mechanical saw or chainsaw. It's also easy for pine needles to get caught in your eye when loading the tree into your car. Always use safety goggles when working outside or around the house. Exercising these safe habits will help you enjoy this year's celebrations even more. 

Here’s an extra tip for adults: the American Academy of Ophthalmology offers information on safely opening bottles of champagne to keep celebrations from turning tragic. 

Scheduling annual eye exams are also an essential part of maintaining your eye health. Remember to make appointments for yourself and everyone in your home, even if you’re not showing any signs of eye issues at this time. Preventive care is crucial for protecting your vision for years to come. If you have questions about getting an exam, contact Nevada Eye Physicians and see how we can help. 

Eye safety tips for children

“You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!” This line from the movie A Christmas Story is iconic in so many ways – and also a great warning for Nevada parents who are about to buy presents. You may be surprised to learn that most eye injuries that happen around the holidays are completely preventable. So how can we avoid mishaps or getting hit in the eye during the festive season? Here’s what to look out for when purchasing new toys: 

  • Avoid toys with sharp edges or points that could harm someone
  • Stay away from gifts that launch projectiles, such as BB guns 
  • Choose durable toys that do not break easily

Dart guns and slingshots are among the most dangerous toys when it comes to eye injuries. In fact, any toy sold with ammunition should be used with caution. Encourage your children to never aim a toy at a person's face or eyes. A great rule of thumb is to check toy labels for age recommendations and select age-appropriate gifts for each child. When children in your home start playing with potentially hazardous toys, make sure to provide appropriate adult supervision. 

As for children who ask for sports equipment, try to include protective eyewear with shatterproof lenses with the gift. This not only protects the eyes but their entire face from injury. If your child does get injured while playing, we ask that you seek immediate medical attention at the nearest hospital or medical center. Don't rub or apply any pressure to the eye in the meantime. 

Limit computer and TV screen time 

We know kids love to spend countless hours playing with tablets and computers. But when their eyes are still developing, too much screen time can harm them or cause fatigue and headaches. Instead, families can encourage their children to take a break from screens for a healthy amount of time. Try replacing a video game with a board game, for example. Encouraging frequent breaks is also important for everyone’s eye health. This means you should take a 20-second break every 20 minutes. During the break, take a look at something at least 20 feet away. By turning these tips into frequent habits, you give everyone’s eyes a chance to rest. 

Protect yourself against UV rays 

Sunlight can seem especially harsh when reflected off the snow in the winter, which is why it's critical to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. You can use hats and eye protection to avoid the glare of the sun, even during the winter months. Safety goggles can shield your eyes during outdoor activities such as sledding or skiing. Scientific studies have found that UV radiation can increase your risk of cataracts and other dangerous eye conditions. This is just as important for your children as it is for the senior members of your home. At Nevada Eye Physicians, we can provide you with more information about the importance of safety goggles, certain eye conditions, and how to protect your eyes from sun exposure. 

Learn about eye safety with Nevada Eye Physicians

Nevada Eye Physicians offers information about eye protection and safety for patients in the Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder City, Mesquite, and Pahrump, NV, areas. We hope this information helps you prevent eye injuries this season, such as getting hit in the eye with a toy or champagne cork. At our practice, our primary goal is to deliver personalized vision care in a comfortable setting. Get started on improving your eye health by browsing our list of services and contacting us to schedule your first appointment. 

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