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Protecting your Children’s Eyes at Home


In honor of Home & Sports Eye Safety Month, this post will focus on ways to keep your home eye safe particularly in purchasing toys that are safe for your children's eyes. It's important to take the earliest chance to ensure your home doesn't pose any series dangers to your children's eyes.

In general, children are born with an partially developed visual system that grows with them. In the beginning, newborns can see objects at close range only. A youngster's optical system is constantly stimulated as the individual matures. Toys can be one of the best methods for stimulating kid's vision. Nevertheless, it's important to remember that a lot of childhood accidents occur in the house, many with games and toys.

So what can you do to prevent accidents from happening? Here are some simple tips for buying games for the house to ensure your child's eyes are not in danger.

Firstly, be sure toys with long handles - such as a pony stick- aren't sharp-edged, and prohibit or monitor young children carefully if they are handling them. While blocks are generally fine for children of all ages, it's good to make sure the corners are blunted, in order to reduce the risk of eye injury. It's a good idea to stay away from toys that shoot objects in the air, such as arrows or guns. In an instance where you can't eliminate them altogether, then use of these toys should be monitored by a responsible grown-up. When letting older children play with chemicals or tools, be sure he or she wears protective glasses.

What else can pose a problem in your house? Toys are actually just the tip of the iceberg. As a parent, it's your job to go through your home and ensure there's nothing that could threaten your children and their eyes. The number one risk is poisonous materials that haven't been locked up properly. If a child can access these chemicals their eyes are in danger.

Yes, toys can occasionally be damaging, but it's important to not overlook all of the benefits they offer. There are a number of toys customized for particular stages that offer amazing ways to stimulate optical development. When choosing toys for kids, look for those that develop coordination between the hands and eyes and will help youngsters to learn about colors, shapes and space. It can also be a good idea to do some research before entering the toy store. This way you can guarantee that your purchase is safe for your child's eyes and will enrich their optical development at the same time!