Skip to main content
Book Exam
Call Us
Lougheed Town Centre Optometry and Optical in Burnaby, BC
Located in Burnaby, BC
Call Now! (604) 670-3329
Book An Appointment Online
Lougheed Town Centre Optical in Burnaby, BC
Home » What's New » Keeping Toys Safe for Eyes

Keeping Toys Safe for Eyes

It can be challenging to choose toys that are not harmful for our children's eyes.

Infants don't have a completely developed visual system at birth, but it becomes more refined over time. There aren't many things that help a child's visual development better than playing, which involves hand-eye coordination and a deeper understanding of spaces and distances between objects. Until they're 3 months old, a baby's color vision hasn't properly formed, so objects with strong, black and white pictures can be stimulating for them.

Since kids spend a great deal of time using their toys, parents need to make sure their toys are safe for their eyes as well as their total wellbeing. A toy that is not age appropriate is usually unsafe. And it is just as important to make sure that toys are suited to their level of development. Although toy manufacturers print targeted age groups on toy packaging, it is up to you to make the call, so your child doesn't play with something that might be unsafe.

Check that your child's toys are sturdily constructed and won't lose small, mouth-size parts with regular use, and be sure any paint for finish used is non-toxic and won't flake, as small particles can easily get into eyes. We all know that children can be a little reckless, but they need to be aware of flying balls and other things in the playground, like swinging ropes that may hit and cause harm to eyes. If something like that does happen, it can lead to a corneal abrasion, or a sub-conjunctival hemorrhage, which is a popped blood vessel. Other times, the result of the hit can show up years later, in the form of glaucoma or a premature cataract.

Any plush toys should be machine washable, and, especially when it comes to smaller children, without any tiny parts can easily come off, such as buttons or ribbons. Steer clear of toys with edges or any sharp parts for little ones, and check that things with long sticks, like pony sticks or toy brooms have rounded handles. Always pay attention when they play with those kinds of toys.

If your child is under 6, be wary of toys which shoot, like dart guns. Even when they're older than 6, always pay attention with toys like that. Whereas, for teens who have chemistry sets or woodworking tools, always make sure they have correct safety eyewear.

So when you next find yourself looking to buy gifts for a special occasion, look for the age and developmental recommendations on toys. Ensure that toys you buy won't pose any harm to your child's eyes.

Clinic Protocols and Patient Guidelines – COVID -19

We have been working diligently to establish protocols to keep both our patients and staff safe during this time and for the foreseeable future. The following protocols and guidelines have been established to ensure the highest level of sanitation possible.

Clinic Hygiene and Sanitization Protocols


Arrival to the Clinic

ONLY scheduled patients are permitted to enter the clinic. If you were driven to the clinic, please ask your family/friend to wait for you in the car. Please enter the clinic no earlier than 5 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment.

If you arrive late for your appointment, it may have to be re-scheduled as we must keep on time to ensure enough time for sanitation between patients and avoid overcrowding at the reception area.

Please wear a MASK before entering the clinic.

If you do not have a mask, we will be offering them for a nominal fee.


Further Safety Precautions

Touchless Payment

Currently, we are only accepting Interac, Mastercard and Visa cards. If you have extended health insurance, Please inform our staff with all the details. We deal with Sun life, Great-West Life, Blue Cross and Manulife we will bill your insurance first and then charge your credit card the remaining balance.

Physical Distancing

Please be mindful to keep 2M distance if you run into other patients in the reception room. Stand on the floor decals. We are aiming to stagger appointment to avoid congregation in the waiting room.

Sanitation time between each treatment has been scheduled and we are using hospital grade disinfectants to sanitize all high touchpoints, tables, light switches, door handles etc

Practitioner PPE

We will be wearing masks, and some will be wearing face shields, gloves, and scrubs.

Paying for your treatment


Booking Appointments

Please email the clinic at or call at (604) 420-2115 for your future appointments.

24 Hours Prior to your scheduled appointment

24 hrs. prior to your appointment, you will receive your 24-hour reminder email. It will have a link to the THRIVE BC COVID- 19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool. The link is: IF you answer YES to any of the questions, please call the clinic to reschedule your appointment no earlier than 2 weeks. This is extremely important for the safety and protection of our patients, therapist, and our families.

Upon the arrival of your appointment, if we notice any flu-like symptoms or through conversation realize that you have possibly engaged with friends/family who may have been exposed to COVID- 19, we will respectfully ask you to reschedule the appointment.

Product Purchase

Our Staff will assist you in Choosing your Eye Wear, Please DO NOT HANDLE THE FRAMES FROM THE DISPLAY. Once you have made your Frame selection the remaining frames will be sanitized before being placed on the frame bars.

These protocols are in place to ensure the health and safety of you, your loved ones, our staff, our practitioners, and their families.

We thank you for your patience and understanding. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Lougheed Town Centre Optical & Optometry

Located at 9855 Austin Rd, Ste 147, Burnaby, BC V3J 1N4

Phone: 604-420-2115

We are back! We are now open to our normal business hours. Please request an appointment here or call 604-670-3329. We are looking forward to seeing you again. Thank you, and stay safe.