With the holiday season in full swing, the Rocky Mountain Eye Center is urging parents to be conscientious of potential eye injuries when purchasing gifts for their children.
The RMEC has offered a few tips for parents to assist in buying eye-friendly presents.
•Check labels to make sure they are age appropriate.
•Games or toys with sharp or protruding parts, or projectiles, should be avoided.
•Darts, pellet guns or other fire arms are not age appropriate for most children.
•Include protective eye wear with sporting equipment. Out of 40,000 sports-related eye injuries every year, 90 percent could be avoided with proper eye protection.
For adults, popping a cork to make a toast may be a traditional, time-honored activity, but it holds its own hazards. Improperly chilled champagne bottles and faulty cork-removing techniques are responsible for serious, even blinding injuries. The RMEC reminds those planning to use champagne this holiday season to always chill the bottle to at least 45 degrees Fahrenheit. When opening, make sure to put a towel over the cork, and always point it away from people.
For those with eye-care related questions, call 1-800-934-EYES or visit RMEC’s website