Versant Health encourages parents to think eye safety this holiday

LINTHICUM, MD, December 13, 2018 – Versant Health, a leading national managed eye health and vision plan company, honors Safe Toys and Gifts month by reminding parents and loved ones of small children to avoid giving gifts that could jeopardize a child’s sight.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 250,000 toy-related injuries occur every year, with two-thirds affecting children age 12 and younger, and one-third involving children under the age of five. Of these injuries, 45% affected the face and head.

“Injuries due to toys can range from relatively minor to extremely severe,” says Dr. Mark Ruchman, board-certified ophthalmic plastic surgeon and Chief Medical Officer of Versant Health. “The most commonly seen are corneal abrasions, or scratches to the front of the eye. However, more sight-threatening injuries can include corneal ulcers, detached retinas, ocular bleeding, and even trauma-induced cataracts.”

To reduce the risk of potential eye injuries, avoid toys with any type of projectile, including water balloons and water guns; toy fishing poles; aerosol “silly” string; laser pointers; and toys with sharp points.

For more information, contact:

Kimberly.Day-c@versanthealth.com
(410) 241-7188

About Versant Health

Versant Health is one of the nation’s leading managed vision care companies serving more than 33 million members nationwide. Through our Davis Vision plans and Superior Vision plans, we help members enjoy the wonders of sight through healthy eyes and vision. Providing vision and eye health solutions that range from routine vision benefits to medical management, Versant Health has a unique visibility and scale across the total eye health value chain. As a result, members enjoy a seamless experience with access to one of the broadest provider networks in the industry and an exclusive frame collection. Commercial groups, individuals, third parties, and health plans that serve government-sponsored programs such as Medicaid and Medicare are among our valued customers.

 

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