Toys and Children’s Eye Safety

It’s all fun and games until… You probably know the old familiar saying.

Choking hazards and toxic chemical recalls associated with toys can cause anxiety for parents, eye injuries seem to receive slightly less attention.

Keeping an Eye on the Dangers

Like kids in a candy shop, kids in a toy store are in their glory. Not only are toys wildly entertaining and captivating for kids, they also play a tremendous role in childhood development. But fun does not always equal safe. It’s up to you to make the distinction. While common sense is always your best defense, there are some definite toy no-no’s, especially for children under 15 since this age group accounted for nearly three quarters (74%) of all toy related injuries in 2009.

Toys and Children's Eye Safety - Play Safe

The toys below should be avoided completely or only permitted with close parental supervision for children of the appropriate age. Check toy packaging for age guidelines:

  • Guns are the worst offenders of eye safety.
  • Toy Weapons in general, are an invitation to eye injury.
  • Children should never use or come in contact with fireworks.
  • Laser Pointers can cause retinal damage in certain situations and should be used with extreme caution.

Set your Sights on the Right Toys

It’s smart to establish your own safety checks to help you make the right toy decisions for your little one.

Here are some steps to follow:

  • Prepare: Educate yourself on the right toys for your child’s age group and research the toys that interest them.
  • Read Labels: Look for the letters “ASTM” on the label. This means that the toy conforms to certain national safety standards.
  • Play Inspector: Examine for sturdy construction. You don’t want a toy that could break and shatter into sharp pieces.
  • Keep Safety Going At Home: Once a toy has passed your safety checks, demonstrate proper use of the toy to your child since misuse of the toy is also another cause of injury.

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Drop into 20/20 Eyeglass Superstore for all your child’s eye care needs. We have a frame for every face and a price for any budget. We also have Independent Optometrists located on site who will be happy to examine your child’s vision. Walk-in’s are welcome but we ask that you come 15 minutes prior to your desired appointment time.

Eyes And Brain Determine Distance

Depth Perception20/20 Eyeglass Superstore is Central Florida’s premier eyecare provider with three locations in Winter Park, Melbourne, and Orange City.  We are proud to feature thousands of frame styles, lenses from the leading manufacturers, and sunglasses from the brands you love and trust.

Every family owned 20/20 Eyeglass Superstore location features its own independent doctor of optometry as well as an in-house lab to ensure you receive your new customized glasses in as little as one hour.  Our technicians maintain the highest standards of technical skills with the latest in eyecare technology.

How Do We See Color?

The human eye is an amazing organ that most of us rely on every waking moment of the day.  From morning till night, our vision allows us to see beautiful Florida sunsets, our beloved family and much more.  Here at 20/20 Eyeglass Superstore, our main goal is to keep you up-to-date on everything related to eye care and eye health.

How Do We See Color

20/20 Eyeglass Superstore of Melbourne, FL is always glad to share helpful information like these interesting eye facts with you! We’d love to help you in any way we can, so come on by and see us at one of our 20/20 Eyeglass Superstore locations in central Florida.

EyeWear For Kids: Safety, Fit and Fashion

It’s a common scenario: you start to notice that your child is blinking and squinting frequently, sitting only inches away from the screen during TV time, and holding that book a little too close to their face while reading.

 ). EyeWear For Kids:  Safety, Fit and Fashion

Being an aware parent, you know that vision problems can hinder your child’s development, so you schedule their annual eye examination. The exam ends with the doctor handing you a prescription for the necessary eyewear.

What type of eyewear should you and your little one shop for? Not only are there tons of styles out there, but there’s also lots of technical considerations for fitting and maintaining your child’s eyewear.

Frames: Find Fortitude

Shop for strong frames that can stand up to your child’s active lifestyle. Plastic frames were once known as the sturdier choice for children, although modern innovations have leveled the two frame materials as equals. In fact, hypoallergenic metals like titanium and stainless steel are great for kids because they are strong and can sustain lots of wear and tear.

Lenses: Seek Safety and Strength

Safety is first when it comes to lenses. Most vision experts agree that polycarbonate is the best lens material not only for its impact resistance (often called “shatter proof”), but for its durability and light weight.

Target the Total Fit

Sure, the frame and lenses are important, but adding in the right features can equal fitting perfection. Carefully constructed eyeglasses are virtually useless if they are sliding off your child’s face. Frames that are too tight can cause pain. Talk to your eye care professional about how the below features can give your child’s eyeglasses just the right fit:

  • Adjustable nose pads and Saddle bridges
  • Cable temples
  • Spring hinges

To Contact or Not to Contact

Contact lenses and young children don’t normally mix. This has always been the traditional wisdom that kept many optometrists from prescribing contact lenses to younger children, except for specific vision conditions or involvement in certain sports.

Fashionably Focused

Today’s fashion forward frames that include pop-culture icons themes and removable charms can make hesitant kids comfortable, and even excited, with eyeglasses. And that means they will be more likely to wear them.

We hope you enjoyed our 2013 Fall Eyeglass Trends blog post.  There are many neat looks to choose from for your eyeglasses including nautical, vintage, ombre fading, metallic and vibrant colors. If you’re interested in purchasing new frames for your winter wardrobe, check out our savings section for great deals. We look forward to seeing you in the store soon!
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Overall, when looking for great deals on eyeglasses in Orange City, it’s important to update your prescription, check out various frames online and to ask your friends for their opinions. You’re sure to save money and find a pair that you love too!

Warning Signs of Vision Problems in Children

While children with a family history of childhood vision problems are more likely to have eye problems themselves, all parents should know the warning signs of vision problems.

Warning Signs of Vision Problems in ChildrenBabies Under 1 Year of Age

Babies older than 3 months should be able to follow or “track” an object, like a toy or ball, with their eyes as it moves across their field of vision. If your baby can’t make steady eye contact by this time or seems unable to see, let your child’s doctor know.

Before 4 months most babies eyes occasionally look misaligned (strabismus). However, after 4 months of age inward crossing or outward drifting that occurs regularly is usually abnormal. If one of these is present, let your child’s doctor know.

Preschool Age

If your child’s eyes become misaligned, let your child’s doctor know right away. However, vision problems such as a lazy eye (amblyopia) may have no warning signs, and your child may not complain of vision problems. Thus it’s important at this time to have your child’s vision checked. There are special tests to check your child’s vision even if he or she cannot yet read.

It’s always a good idea to get your child’s eyes checked on an annual or bi-annual basis, but here are some signs you can look for that may indicate that your child is having vision problems.

All Children

If you notice any one of the following, let your child’s doctor know:

  • Eyes that are misaligned (look crossed, turn out, or don’t focus together)
  • White or grayish-white color in the pupil
  • Eyes that flutter quickly from side to side or up and down
  • Bulging eye(s)
  • Child often complains of eye pain, itchiness, or discomfort
  • Redness in either eye that doesn’t go away in a few days
  • Pus or crust in either eye
  • Eyes that are always watery
  • Drooping eyelid(s)
  • Child rubs or squints eyes often
  • Eyes that are always sensitive to light
  • Any change in the eyes from how they usually look
  • Gets headaches when reading or writing
  • Words slide together or get blurry when reading
  • Reads below grade level
  • Loses place while reading

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Drop into 20/20 Eyeglass Superstore for all your child’s eye care needs. We have a frame for every face and a price for any budget. We also have Independent Optometrists located on site who will be happy to examine your child’s vision. Walk-in’s are welcome but we ask that you come 15 minutes prior to your desired appointment time.

Tips For Living Well with Low Vision

Glaucoma, a group of eye diseases that gradually reduces sight, often goes unnoticed for years, as damage to the optic nerve occurs. In fact, more than 2.7 million people in the United States have glaucoma. We’ve compiled the below tips to help support everyone in living well and independently despite any vision loss.

From time to time, 20/20 Eyeglass Superstore offers Orlando residents free glaucoma screening to encourage healthy vision and eye habits.
living well with low vision

Ideas for Home:

  1. Increase lighting – One of the simplest ways to boost your confidence at home is to increase lighting. Try using stronger light bulbs throughout your home.
  2. Add color contrast – Adding contrasting colors to your daily routine can help ease confusion too.
  3. Use nonskid decorative rugs – Whether in your bathroom or on any slippery surface, make sure that all rugs and mats are nonskid. Using items that contrast with floor colors can also help with visibility.

On-the-go Advice:

  1. Easy payment options – Having low vision doesn’t mean you need to give up financial independence. Banks can provide large-print checks to assist with payment for groceries or bills.
  2. Use smartphone technology – Assistive technologies have made great strides in the past few years. Use built-in zoom functions on your smartphone to increase the size of text or images for easier reading. Smartphone apps can also be used to convert your voice to text for easy entry in messages and e-mails.
  3. Carry a portable magnifier – If you know that you’ll be in a situation requiring a lot of reading, take a portable magnifier with you for easy enlargement of text.

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Come down to any 20/20 Eyeglass Superstore location with your family and make sure everyone has an eye exam with one of our independent in-house optometrists. Make it a priority to have your eyes examined every year so that you don’t run the risk of losing your sight to Glaucoma.
20/20 Eyeglass Superstore is a family owned company that has been serving the Orange City, Melbourne and Winter Park areas for many years.  We look forward to becoming your number one source for all your eye care and eye fashion needs.  You can also follow us on Facebook or Twitter to stay up to date on eye trends and eye health.

Stay Up To Date On Eye Health Information

It’s important to stay up to date on eye health information, especially because some eye conditions like Glaucoma have no symptoms.  As an adult, you might ask yourself, “Why get an eye exam?” Getting an annual eye exam can easily be forgotten, especially with work, family and other obligations.  Make sure you set a reminder in your smartphone or pencil it in to your calendar to get a regular eye exam every year.
Stay Up To Date On Eye Health Information
Are you one of the many Americans who skip getting routine eye exams each year? Having a comprehensive eye examination on an annual basis is crucial to maintaining proper eye health and can find eye conditions such as glaucoma.  Routine eye exams also can also detect other underlying conditions.  Your optometrist will perform several tests during your eye exam that test and check your vision.  These tests are completely painless.  Some procedures are a bit uncomfortable but they aren’t hard to deal with.  A proper eye exam will take approximately one hour.
If it’s been more than a year since your last eye exam, please feel free to drop in to any 20/20 Eyeglass Superstore location or schedule an exam online. We have over 4000 thousand frames to choose from and we’re known for having a frame for every face and a price for any budget. We also have in-house optometrists that are available for full eye examinations. Check out our coupons page for current offerings as well.