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September is Home and Sports Eye Safety Month

 

In honor of Home and Sports Eye Safety Month, we're going to highlight ways to keep your house eye safe particularly when it comes to kids. Don't wait until it's too late to ensure your home environment is safe for your children's eyes.

Naturally, kids enter the world with an underdeveloped optical structure that develops with them. As part of regular baby optical development, babies can view objects only very close. Throughout their developing years, children are visually stimulated. Toys can be one of the best ways to stimulate children's vision. However, at the same time, you should consider that a large number of childhood mishaps take place in the house, many of them with toys.

What's the simplest way to prevent accidents? There are many precautions you can take when selecting games for the house to ensure your child's eye safety.

First off, check that toys with long handles - such as a pony stick- don't have sharp edges, and carefully supervise children under two with such toys. While building blocks pose little danger for children of all ages, it's good to check that the edges are not pointed, in order to avoid eye or other bodily injury. It's a good idea to avoid shooting toys, such as arrows or 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. When allowing older children to play with chemicals or tools, be sure he or she wears protective glasses.

In addition to toys, other domestic threats might be present that you want to be on the look out for. Sharp corners on counters or tables are right at eye level for small children and can too often be the source of a serious injury. Cleaning solutions that are accessible are a further culprit for injury for children and must be placed away or locked up at all times.

Yes, children's toys can sometimes cause damage, but let's not forget about all of the advantages they can provide. There are a number of toys customized for particular stages that provide terrific ways to advance visual development. When choosing toys for kids, go for those that refine coordination between the hands and eyes and will encourage children to learn about spatial relationships. It can also be a good idea to look on the Internet before making a purchase. Then you can do your best to make sure your purchase will protect your children and will enrich their visual development at the same time!

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