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How to Protect your Child’s Eyes at Home

As September marks Home & Sports Eye Safety Month, this post will focus on ways to keep your home safe for your eyes specifically when selecting toys that are safe for your child's eyes. Don't wait until it's too late to make sure your home is safe for your kids' eyes.

In general, children are born with an underdeveloped visual structure that progresses as they get older. As part of normal infant optical development, newborns can see objects at close range only. A youngster's optical system is continuously stimulated as the individual matures. Toys can be one of the best ways to stimulate children's eyes. However, at the same time, you should remember that a large number of childhood mishaps occur in the house, many of them with games and toys.

What's the best way to prevent accidents? There are several precautions you can take when buying toys for the home that are safe for your child's eyes.

First off, ensure long-handled toys - such as sticks- have curved edges, and carefully oversee youngsters under two with such toys. Although building blocks are generally fine for almost any age, it's good to check that the corners are blunted, in order to reduce the risk of eye injury. 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 use of these toys should be monitored by a responsible grown-up. If your older child uses chemicals or tools, be sure he or she wears safety goggles.

Is there anything else that can pose a problem in the home environment? Toys are only just the beginning. As a guardian to your children, it's your task to go through the house and guarantee there's nothing that could threaten your child's eyes. The number one threat is poisonous materials that haven't been stored in a safe place. If a child can access these materials they are in danger.

Yes, children's toys can sometimes cause damage, but it's important to not forget about all of the advantages they offer. There are a number of toys customized for particular stages that offer amazing ways to stimulate optical development. When selecting toys for children, go for those that focus on coordination between the hands and eyes and will encourage kids to learn about spatial relationships. You may want to consider trying to look on the Internet before making a purchase. Then you can guarantee that your purchase is safe for your children's eyes and will enrich their optical development as well!