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Safe toys for the holidays

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Toys can be a great gift for children this holiday season, and can even sharpen their vision, but there are some toys that could cause serious eye injuries that you'll want to avoid.

The Wisconsin Optometric Association says parents should stay vigilant in regards to safety when purchasing toys this holiday season.

Dr. Tessa Sokol, an optometrist with WOA, says screen time with handheld video games and the iPads and tablets can be very detrimental  to the vision.

"It can create a lot of issues with focusing, it can create problems with the movements of the eyes, and it can actually create near-sightedness," Dr. Sokol said.

According to Dr. Sokol, parents should try to keep the screen time down to 15 minute increments.

Dr. Sokol says there are certain toys that can promote the development of their eyes, specifically, fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
 
The WOA recommends brightly colored mobiles, stuffed animals, activity gyms, blocks/balls, stacking toys, buckets/measuring cups, puzzles, shape sorters, and musical toys to stimulate visual development, improve hand-eye coordination, and demonstrate spatial relationships for children under two years of age.
 
For children ages two and over, the WOA recommends child-sized household items, vacuums, rakes, lawn mowers, refrigerators, stove sets, sandboxes, riding toys, backyard gyms, and swings.
 
Some toys are simply not safe and may be recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). For a list of toy recalls, call the CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or visit its website.
 
Dr. Sokol joined us on 27 News at 5 on Wednesday to talk about which toys are safe, and which ones you may want to avoid.
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