Most parents know it’s important to take their kids to the ophthalmologist for routine eye exams, but is this enough to protect a child’s eyes? Nearsightedness isn’t the only problem that parents should be aware of. Every year, emergency care physicians treat thousands of children for eye injuries, some of which can cause blindness. Many of these eye injuries can be prevented by taking the proper safety precautions. If your child does have an accident in the Las Vegas area, your family can turn to the emergency care team at MountainView Hospital.
Childproof the Home
Infants and young children cannot recognize the potential dangers of everyday objects. It’s essential to keep the home childproofed until a child is mature enough to not play with sharp objects, such as toothpicks, scissors, and wire coat hangers. Cover up sharp corners on furniture with padding, and install safety gates at the bottom and top of the stairs. Put child safety devices on kitchen cupboards. These safety precautions can help prevent a wide range of injuries that require emergency care.
Require the Use of Protective Eyewear
Some trips to the emergency care department can be avoided with the use of protective eyewear. Children should wear protective eyewear when they play sports that involve airborne projectiles, including hockey, baseball, racquet sports, lacrosse, and paintball.
Avoid Dangerous Toys
It’s often assumed that if a toy is available on a store shelf, it must be safe for the recommended age group. In fact, many dangerous toys garner public criticism each year because they can be hazardous for kids. Avoid giving your child toys that have a projectile or that are meant to be thrown, including darts.
Use Vehicle Restraints
Motor vehicular accidents are another possible cause of eye injuries in children. Practicing defensive driving is an important way to keep your family out of the emergency care department, but it’s also essential to keep children in age-appropriate vehicular restraints. Choose a car seat that is appropriate for your child’s stage of development. Kids 12 and younger shouldn’t ride in the front seat. Keep loose objects stored in the trunk to prevent them from becoming airborne projectiles during an accident.
Please direct all true medical emergencies to a 911 dispatcher. This is the fastest way to get your child the emergency care he or she needs. Other healthcare-related questions may be directed to a registered nurse at MountainView Hospital by calling (702) 962-5021.