EYE CARE SPECIALISTS Phoenixville Eye Care Specialists 720 South Main Street | Phoenixville, PA 19460-3844 | 610-933-3498 Children’s Eye Injuries Mr. Michael Hill and Mr. Aaron Jones P rotecting your children’s eyes from injury is one of the most important things you can do to keep their vision healthy throughout their lives. With the beginning of a new school year, eye injuries occurring during participation in sports and other forms of recreation happen fairly often in children. Preventing Injuries • Children should wear sports eye protectors made with polycarbonate lenses for baseball, basketball, football, racquet sports, soccer, hockey, lacrosse and paintball. • All chemicals and sprays must be kept out of reach of small children. • Parents and others who provide care and supervision for children need to practice safe use of common items that can cause serious eye injury, such as paper clips, pencils, scissors, bungee cords, wire coat hangers and rubber bands. • Only purchase age-appropriate toys. • Avoid projectile toys such as darts, bows and arrows, and missile-firing toys. • Look for toys marked with “ASTM,” which means the product meets the national safety standards set by the American Society for Testing and Materials. • Use safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs. Pad or cushion sharp corners. Put locks on all cabinets and drawers that kids can reach. 70 1.800.558.0940, ext. 202 TO ADVERTISE | Phoenixville Area • Do not allow your children to play with non-powder rifles, pellet guns or BB guns. They are extremely dangerous and have been reclassified as firearms and removed from toy departments. • Do not allow children anywhere near fireworks, especially bottle rockets. These fireworks pose a serious risk of eye injury and have been banned in several states. • When very small children (age 4 and younger) are bitten by dogs, eye injuries occur about 15 percent of the time. The dog is usually one the child is familiar with, and second attacks by the same dog are likely to cause more serious injury. It is recommended that any dog that bites a child be removed from the household. • On the road, make sure children are properly secured in baby carriers and child safety seats and that the seat and shoulder belts fit well. Children age 12 and younger should never ride in the front seat. Store loose items in the trunk or secured on the floor, as any loose object can become a dangerous projectile in a crash. Many eye injuries can be prevented with appropriate protective eyewear. At Phoenixville Eye Care Specialists, our optical shop continues to address each individual patient’s eyewear needs with the addition of two new highly qualified opticians. Mr. Michael Hill and Mr. Aaron Jones come to us with each having over 20 years’ experience as opticians. Please feel free to stop by and meet them and discuss your family’s eyewear needs.