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Maintaining Safety for Your Eyes at Home


In recognition of Home & Sports Eye Safety Month, we've chosen to focus on ways to keep your house safe for your eyes specifically when it comes to children. Don't wait until it's too late to ensure your home environment is safe for your kids' eyes.

Generally, kids enter the world with an immature optical system that develops with them. As part of regular baby optical development, infants can view objects only very close. A child's visual structure is constantly stimulated as she develops. Children's games and toys can be one of the fastest ways to stimulate kid's sight. However, at the same time, you should remember that a large number of childhood mishaps occur in the house, many with toys.

How can you prevent accidents from happening? Here are some simple tips for choosing toys and games for the home to ensure your child's eye safety.

Firstly, ensure toys with long handles - such as a pony stick- have rounded edges, and closely supervise kids under two with such toys. Although blocks pose little danger for almost any age, it's good to make sure the sides are not sharp, in order to prevent eye accidents. It's a good idea to stay away from shooting toys, such as slingshots or dart guns. If you can't eliminate them altogether, then shooting toys should only be used when accompanied by a responsible adult. When allowing older children to play with a chemistry set or woodworking tools, make sure to provide him with safety glasses.

Toys are not the only possible threat in the home environment. Sharp corners on counters or tables are a frequent source of injury for shorter children and should be protected. Chemicals that are not stored properly are a further 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 100% risk-free, there are numerous great playthings that can help a child's eyesight. There are many toys customized for certain stages that offer great ways to stimulate optical development. When purchasing toys for kids, look for those that emphasize coordination between the hands and eyes and will encourage children to understand colors, shapes and space. You may want to consider trying to do some research before heading to the toy store. This way you can ensure that your purchase is safe for your child's eyes and will enrich their visual development at the same time!


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