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Protecting your Children’s Eyes in the Home


As September marks Home & Sports Eye Safety Month, this post will focus on ways to keep your home safe for your eyes particularly when selecting eye safe toys. Don't wait until it's too late to ensure your home environment doesn't pose any series dangers to your children's eyes.

Generally, children enter the world with an underdeveloped optical system that progresses with them. In the beginning, newborns can view objects only very close. A child's visual structure is constantly stimulated as she grows. Children's games and toys can be one of the easiest ways to stimulate a youngster's eyes. However, at the same time, you should consider that most childhood accidents occur in the house, many with toys.

What's the simplest way to avoid accidents? Here is some quick advice for buying toys for the home that are safe for your child's eyes.

First off, be sure toys with long handles - such as a pony stick- don't have sharp edges, and carefully supervise youngsters under two with such toys. Although building blocks pose little danger for children of any age, it's good to check that the sides are blunted, in order to prevent eye or other bodily injury. It's suggested that you stay away from shooting toys, such as slingshots or dart guns. If you can't eliminate them altogether, then use of these toys should be monitored by a responsible adult. If your older child plays with chemicals or tools, be sure to give him or her safety glasses.

Toys are not the only danger in the home environment. Sharp corners on counters or tables are a common source of injury for small children and should be protected. Cleaning solutions that are not stored properly are another source of danger for kids and need to be stored away or locked up to prevent curious children from obtaining them.

While it's true that games and toys for children won't always be totally harmless, there are many wonderful toys that can contribute to a child's eyesight. There are a number of toys customized for particular ages that offer terrific ways to advance optical development. When choosing toys for youngsters, look for those that refine coordination between the hands and eyes and will encourage kids to learn about spatial relationships. It can also be a good idea to do some research before checking out the toy store. This way you can do your best to make sure your purchase will protect your children and will enrich their optical development at the same time!