Holiday Eye Safety

The holidays are a joyous season when we look forward to spending time with the people we love. It is meant to be a time celebration and peaceful reflection, but as with anything, it can be thrown off course quickly by an accident or injury.

It is important to consider eye safety during the holidays to prevent an eye injury from ruining your time with your family and friends. Parents should be especially alert for potential holiday eye hazards to children.

Here are a few tips to help practice eye safety during the holidays.

Avoid using ornaments or decorations that are breakable. The small pieces of glass and other materials can easily make their way into eyes, causing pain and irritation. If you plan to use these decorations, try to keep them in a safe place out of the reach of children.

Artificial snow and frost spray is harmful if it comes into contact with the eyes. This spray consists of many chemicals and should not be used without adult supervision.

Outdoor activities are a fun and healthy way to spend time with your family during holiday trips and vacations. Not only do they bring everyone together, but also they get everyone off the couch and moving. With any outdoor activity, including skiing, snowboarding, or snowmobiling, it is important to practice eye safety to protect the eyes from accidental trauma.

Finally, take eye safety precautions when near open flames. Smoke and dry air from candles, fireplaces or bonfires can irritate eyes.

Following these few helpful tips may help keep your holiday cheerful and your family safe.

To learn more about how to protect your eyes during the holidays, contact Heitmeier and Armani Medical and Surgical Eyecare at 504-368-7081. 

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