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How to Protect your Child’s Eyes at Home


As September marks Home and Sports Eye Safety Month, we've chosen to highlight ways to keep your house eye safe specifically for kids. Don't wait until it's too late to make sure your house is an eye-safe zone.

Naturally, babies are born with an underdeveloped optical system that grows with them. In the beginning, babies can view objects only very close. Throughout their developing stages, kids are visually stimulated. Toys can be one of the easiest ways to stimulate kid's eyes. Nevertheless, you should consider that most childhood accidents take place in the house, many of them with toys.

What's the best way to prevent accidents? Here are some simple tips for buying games for the house to guarantee your child's eye safety.

Firstly, ensure 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. Although blocks pose little danger for almost any age, it's important to make sure the corners are blunted, in order to prevent eye accidents. It's a good idea to steer clear of shooting toys, such as slingshots or dart guns. If this is not possible, then use of these toys should be monitored by a responsible grown-up. If your older child uses a chemistry set or woodworking tools, be sure he or she wears protective glasses.

Is there anything else that can pose a problem in your house? Toys are actually just the beginning. As a parent, it's your job to scout around your home and ensure there's nothing that could threaten your child's eyes. The number one risk is hazardous materials that haven't been locked up properly. If youngsters can reach these solutions their eyes are in danger.

Yes, toys can on occasion cause damage, but it's important to not forget about all of the advantages they can provide. There are many age-appropriate toys for youngsters that provide terrific ways to stimulate visual development. When selecting toys for children, look for those that refine hand-eye coordination and will encourage kids 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 do your best to make sure your purchase will protect your children and will enrich their visual development as well!