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Protecting your Children’s Eyes at Home

 

As September marks Home and Sports Eye Safety Month, we're going to focus on ways to keep your house eye safe particularly when it comes to kids. Don't wait until it's too late to make sure your house doesn't pose any series dangers to your children's eyes.

Generally, kids enter the world with an partially developed visual system that grows as they get mature. As part of normal baby vision development, infants can view objects at close range only. All through their developing years, children are visually stimulated. Toys can be one of the best methods for stimulating children's vision. Nevertheless, it's important to consider that a lot of childhood mishaps occur in the house, many of them with games and 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.

First off, make sure toys with long handles – such as sticks- aren't sharp-edged, and closely oversee kids under two with such toys. Although blocks are generally fine for children of any age, it's important to check that the sides are not sharp, in order to avoid eye injury. It's a good idea to steer clear of shooting toys, such as slingshots or dart guns. If you can't eliminate them altogether, then shooting toys should be monitored by a responsible grown-up. When allowing older children to play with a chemistry set or woodworking tools, make sure to provide him with protective glasses.

Is there anything else that can be hazardous in your house? Toys are actually just the tip of the iceberg. As a guardian to your children, it's your job to go through your home and ensure there's nothing that could jeopardize your child's eyes. One of the most common threats is cleaning materials that haven't been locked up properly. If youngsters can access these solutions their eyes are at great risk.

While it's true that games and toys for children won't always be totally harmless, there are lots of great toys that can benefit children's eyesight. There are a number of toys customized for certain stages that offer amazing ways to advance optical development. When choosing toys for kids, go for those that focus on coordination between the hands and eyes and will encourage kids to understand spatial relationships. You may want to consider trying to look on the Internet before stopping at the toy store. This way you can guarantee that your purchase is safe for your child's eyes and will enrich their visual development as well!

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