Eye safety should be a major concern for parents as they go out shopping for holiday gifts for their children.
- Baseball, basketball and air guns are the cause of about 50 percent of all primary sports related eye injuries.
- Parents should not buy toys that shoot or include parts that fly off, toys with sharp or rigid points, spikes, rods or edges for their children.
- Parents should also read manuals that are made available with toys to become aware of potential risks and to supervise your children as they use the toys.
“When giving the gift of sports equipment, Prevent Blindness strongly urges also providing sports eye protection,” Hugh Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness, said in a news release from the group.
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Mike Dilkes MS FRCS(ORL-HNS), FRCSEd, FRCS
Mike Dilkes ENT is based in Central, North, East and South London. Most of our consultations and treatments are carried out either at The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth or The London Independent Hospital. The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth is one of London's biggest and most prestigious private hospitals.
It is in St Johns's Wood, a leafy area of the west end, just north of Harley Street and Regent's Park. The London Independent Hospital is in Stepney Green, hidden away just behind Mile End Road, just to the East of the City of London. Formally The London Jewish Hospital, it is a purpose built modern building with full facilities, beautifully appointed rooms, state of the art laser systems and, in case anything goes wrong (it really shouldn't), a fully covered Consultant 24 hour ward and Intensive Care presence - the only private hospital in London to have this.