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the eric update - day 1016: pondering pediatric eyeglasses and the risks of injury.

while we've been marveling at how well odin has been adjusting to his new, stylish glasses, it's hard not to occasionally wonder how safe the remarkably thin frames and lenses are as we watch him run and tumble and behave like the extremely active toddler he is.

apparently there's very little research on the types of injuries sustained by toddlers, but one recent study reported that 21percent of all injuries occurred in children between the ages of 2 and 17 years and among children 2 through 9 years, the leading cause (55 percent ) of injury was falling. unsurprisingly, follow-up research indicated that a majority of the falling injuries occurred as a result of "sports and recreation activities".

it's not like odin is playing in organized contact sports, but i wonder if we should be following the recommendation to have him wear "sport-specific eyewear" when we know he's going to be out roughhousing? or maybe i'm just being a nervous ninny?

bonus points will be awarded for pointers to additional research or comments from actual pediatric optometrists :-)

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4/04/2007 09:59:00 PM 1 comments

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No real qualifications here, but I first got glasses at about Odin's age. I broke several pairs of glasses as a kid roughhousing, but it never caused any real damage. I was never teased, either.

By Blogger Loreleilee, at 12:29 AM  

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