From snow glare to Christmas tree injuries to champagne corks gone awry, our eyes encounter a wide array of seasonal dangers during winter. While it may be unreasonable to wear safety goggles while playing with new toys on Christmas morning, being aware of potential hazards can help keep your holidays injury-free and full of cheer! This Safe Toys and Celebrations Month, follow our safety tips below to learn how to avoid potential hazards for your best eye health.

1. Avoid Snow Glare

Because snow and ice reflect up to 80% of sun and UV rays, forgoing sunglasses while driving can be dangerous. Not wearing goggles while skiing could lead to the temporary, yet painful condition, photo-keratitis. Because snow and ice are incredibly reflective, be sure to wear proper eye protection, either sunglasses or snow goggles, to keep vision clear and eyes free from UV damage.

2. Keep Christmas Trees Safe

Christmas trees have a number of risks to consider. Not only are pine needles sharp, but even the adornments of Christmas trees can prove potentially hazardous— especially for small children. Be sure to hang glass ornaments and pointed string lights out of children’s reach.

3. Pop Champagne Safely

Festivities often call for champagne, but the pressure inside the bottle is strong enough to launch a cork over 40 feet, so a misaimed pop could spell disaster. Be sure to aim corks away from guests (and yourself!), firmly grasp the bottle, and carefully open it to avoid potential mishaps or injuries.

4. Sharp or Dangerous Toys

Toy-related injuries account for over 250,000 cases annually, landing many children in the emergency room during the holiday season. When choosing toys for kids, be sure to consider children’s ages and maturity levels before purchasing sharp, pointed or projectile toys. To ensure safety, adults should provide instruction and supervision.

Ready to Schedule Your Next Appointment?

With these safety tips in mind, you and your family can have a happy holiday— free of worry and full of celebration. For more information about eye safety or to schedule an appointment, call us today. Our friendly staff is happy to help you keep your vision healthy year-round.

Dr. Robert Eden
Dr. Robert Eden
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Union College in 1999, Dr. Eden received his medical degree from Albany Medical College in 2002. He completed an internship at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center (Boston, MA) and residency at the Nassau University Medical Center (East Meadow, NY) before returning to the Capital District for fellowship training in corneal and refractive surgery at Cornea Consultants of Albany in 2007. During the subsequent two years, Dr. Eden maintained a busy practice in Queens, NY, where he served on staff at Flushing Hospital Medical Center, Caritas Medical Centers and The New Parkway Hospital. He also operated at Laser One (New York, NY) and at the MacKool Eye Institute (Astoria, NY) where he performed cornea, cataract and laser vision correction surgery. Dr. Eden returns to Albany as a board-certified, fellowship-trained cornea, cataract and refractive surgery specialist. His practice focuses on state-of-the-art medical and surgical treatment of eye diseases, from dry eye to artificial cornea. He has experience in routine, as well as complex, cataract surgery including placement of the latest intraocular lenses to reduce spectacle dependence, traditional and partial thickness corneal transplantation (DSAEK), and refractive surgery from LASIK to phakic IOL.

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