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Protecting your Children’s Eyes in the Home


As September marks Home and Sports Eye Safety Month, we're going to highlight ways to keep your home eye safe particularly when selecting toys that are safe for your child's eyes. It's important to take the earliest opportunity to make sure your home environment doesn't pose any series dangers to your children's eyes.

Generally, kids are born with an underdeveloped optical structure that progresses as they get older. As part of standard infant vision development, babies can see objects at close range only. A youngster's visual system is constantly stimulated as the individual grows. Children's games and toys can be one of the fastest methods for stimulating a child's vision. However, at the same time, you should remember that a large number of childhood accidents take place at home, many with toys.

What's the best way to prevent accidents? There are many precautions you can take when choosing games for the house that are safe for your child's eyes.

Firstly, make sure toys with long handles - such as play brooms- don't have sharp edges, and prohibit or monitor young children carefully if they are handling them. Though blocks pose little danger for kids of all ages, it's best to check that the edges are rounded, in order to reduce the risk of eye or other bodily injury. It's a good idea to avoid shooting toys, such as arrows or guns. If this is not possible, then use of these toys should only be used when accompanied by a responsible grown-up. When allowing older children to play with a chemistry set or woodworking tools, be sure to give him or her safety glasses.

What else can be dangers in the home environment? Toys are actually just the tip of the iceberg. As a guardian to your children, it's your job to walk around the house and guarantee there's nothing that could jeopardize your child's eyes. One of the most common threats is chemicals that haven't been locked up properly. If youngsters can reach these chemicals their eyes are at great risk.

Although it's true that toys may not always be totally harmless, there are many wonderful toys that can contribute to children's eyesight. There are a number of age-appropriate toys for youngsters that provide amazing ways to advance optical development. When buying toys for kids, look for those that emphasize coordination between the hands and eyes and will help children to learn about spatial relationships. It can also be a good idea to do some research before heading to the toy store. This way you can guarantee that your purchase is safe for your children's eyes and will enrich their optical development as well!