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Maintaining Safety for Your Eyes in the Home

 

In recognition of Home & Sports Eye Safety Month, this post will highlight ways to keep your home eye safe particularly when purchasing eye safe toys. It's important to be proactive to guarantee your house doesn't pose any series dangers to your children's eyes.

In general, babies are born with an underdeveloped visual system that progresses with them. As part of normal infant optical development, newborns can see objects at close range only. A youngster's optical structure is continuously stimulated as he progresses. Children's games and toys can be one of the fastest methods for stimulating children's eyes. However, at the same time, you should remember that a large number of childhood accidents occur at home, many of them with games and toys.

How can you avoid compromising your child's eye sight? Here is some quick advice for selecting toys and games for the home that are safe for your child's eyes.

Firstly, make sure long-handled toys – such as play brooms- aren't sharp-edged, and closely monitor children under two with such toys. Though blocks are generally safe for children of all ages, it's important to check that the edges are rounded, in order to avoid eye damage. It's suggested that you avoid shooting toys, such as slingshots or dart guns. In an instance where you can't eliminate them altogether, then use of these toys should only be used when accompanied by a responsible grown-up. If your older child uses chemicals or tools, make sure to give him or her protective glasses.

What else can be hazardous in your house? Toys are only just the beginning. As a parent, it's your job to walk around the house and ensure there's nothing that could endanger your child's eyes. One of the most common risks is hazardous materials that haven't been stored in a safe place. If children can access these solutions their eyes are in danger.

Although it's true that toys won't always be 100% safe, there are lots of wonderful toys that can contribute to children's eyesight. There are many age-appropriate toys for kids that offer terrific ways to grow optical development. When purchasing toys for kids, go for those that emphasize coordination between the hands and eyes and will help children to learn about colors, shapes and space. You may want to consider trying to look on the Internet before entering the toy store. This way you can do your best to make sure your purchase will protect your children and will enrich their visual development at the same time!