Eye Safety

Eye-Safe Toys: A Holiday Guide.


Tips for Choosing Eye-Safe Toys this Holiday Around this time of year, you will no doubt run across a broadcast of the holiday film “A Christmas Story.” The film is told through the eyes of a 9-year-old boy named Ralphie who wants a BB gun for Christmas. As he tries to convince the adults in his life that the toy is safe, he is always met with the response, “You’ll shoot your eye out!” While the refrain is played for comedy, toy safety is not a laughing matter. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that emergency rooms treat over 251,000 toy-related injuries a year[1]. Forty-four percent of those injuries are to the head or the face. A 2016 study published in JAMA Ophthalmology [2] reported that basketball, baseball, and air guns [...]

Eye-Safe Toys: A Holiday Guide.2018-12-17T21:07:46+00:00

The Risks of Novelty Contact Lenses


  Considering Novelty Contact Lenses This Halloween? Visit Your Optometrist First. Halloween is around the corner. If you’re considering purchasing novelty or special effect contact lenses to perfect your cat, devil or zombie look, keep your eyes safe and plan a trip to your optometrist first. Why should I go to an optometrist before I order novelty contact lenses? While novelty contact lenses are easily accessible from online retailers and other sources, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns not to buy novelty contact lenses that don't require prescriptions. Purchasing novelty contact lenses without a prescription can result in infections or even significant damage to the eye, which could lead to irreversible sight loss. What damage can non-prescription special effects contact lenses cause? According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, [...]

The Risks of Novelty Contact Lenses2018-12-17T21:13:11+00:00