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How to Protect your Child’s Eyes at Home

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As September marks Home and Sports Eye Safety Month, we've chosen to focus on ways to keep your home safe for your eyes specifically in selecting eye safe toys. It's important to be proactive to ensure your home environment doesn't pose any series dangers to your children's eyes.

In general, babies are born with an underdeveloped visual system that grows as they get mature. In the beginning, newborns can view an object only very close. All through their growing stages, children are visually stimulated. Children's games and toys can be one of the fastest methods for stimulating children's eyes. Keep in mind, you should consider that most childhood accidents take place in the house, many with games and toys.

How can you avoid compromising your children's sight? There are many precautions you can take when selecting toys for the house to guarantee your child's eye safety.

First of all, make sure toys with long handles – such as sticks- have curved edges, and prohibit or monitor young children carefully if they are handling them. While building blocks pose little danger for almost any age, it's important to make sure the corners are rounded, in order to reduce the risk of eye or other bodily injury. It's advised that you stay away from toys that shoot objects in the air, such as arrows or guns. If this is not possible, then use of these toys should only be used when accompanied by a responsible adult. If your older child plays with chemicals or tools, make sure he or she wears safety glasses.

Toys are far from the only possible threat in the household. Corners with a sharp edge that are found on counters or tables are right at the level of the eye for small children and can frequently be the source of a severe injury. Chemicals that are accessible are another source of danger for children and must be stored out of reach or locked up at all times.

While it's true that toys may not always be totally risk-free, there are numerous excellent playthings that can benefit children's eyesight. There are many age-appropriate toys for children that provide great ways to advance optical development. When buying toys for youngsters, look for those that develop coordination between the hands and eyes and will encourage youngsters to understand colors, shapes and space. It can also be a good idea to look on the Internet before checking out the toy store. Then you can do your best to make sure your purchase will protect your children and will enrich their optical development as well!

 

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