Safe Toys and Gifts = Safe Children

Eye injuries in children related to toys can range from a mild corneal abrasion to much more serious injuries such as retinal tear and detachment. During Safe Toys and Gifts Month, Friends for Sight encourages parents to be aware of the potential dangers of toys given to their children.

The National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) report presents the estimated emergency department-treated injuries associated with toys each calendar year. The most recent data was released in 2018.

In 2017, there were an estimated 251,700 toy-related injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments. Forty-four percent of the injuries were to the head and face area.

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  • "This year alone we had 4 children who after their screening visited the eye doctor & were prescribed glasses. The smiles on their faces when they came back to school wearing their new glasses & to quote one child, 'I can see everything now, teacher!' How can words express our thanks for opening a child’s world like that?”

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