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Protecting your Children’s Eyes at Home

 

As September marks Home and Sports Eye Safety Month, we've chosen to highlight ways to keep your house eye safe specifically when selecting toys that are safe for your children's eyes. It's important to take the earliest opportunity to guarantee your house doesn't pose any series dangers to your children's eyes.

In general, kids enter the world with an underdeveloped optical system that progresses with them. In the beginning, newborns can see an object only up close. All through their developing years, children are visually stimulated. Children's games and toys can be one of the easiest ways to stimulate children's sight. Nevertheless, you should remember that a large number of childhood mishaps take place at home, many with games and toys.

What's the best way to avoid accidents? There are several steps you can take when selecting games for the home that are safe for your child's eyes.

First of all, check that toys with long handles - such as play brooms- don't have sharp edges, and carefully watch youngsters under two with such toys. Though blocks pose little danger for kids of all ages, it's good to check that the corners are not sharp, in order to prevent eye accidents. It's a good idea to steer clear of shooting toys, such as slingshots or dart guns. In an instance where you can't eliminate them altogether, then shooting toys should only be used when accompanied by a responsible adult. If your older child uses chemicals or tools, make sure to provide him with protective glasses.

Beyond games and toys, other household threats exist that you want to be on the look out for. Corners with a sharp edge that are found on counters or tables are a common cause of injury for small children and should be protected. Chemicals that are not stored properly are a further source of danger for children and should be placed away or behind a locked cabinet at all times.

True, toys can sometimes be dangerous, but it's important to not forget about all of the advantages they offer. There are a number of toys customized for certain stages that provide great ways to grow optical development. When selecting toys for youngsters, go for those that emphasize coordination between the hands and eyes and will encourage kids to understand spatial relationships. You may want to consider trying to do some research before stopping at 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!