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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 house safe for your eyes particularly when it comes to kids. Don't wait until it's too late to make sure your home environment doesn't pose any series dangers to your children's eyes.

In general, kids enter the world with an partially developed optical structure that progresses with them. As part of regular infant optical development, newborns can see objects only very close. A youngster's visual structure is constantly stimulated as she develops. Toys can be one of the easiest ways to stimulate kid's vision. Nevertheless, it's important to consider that a large number of childhood accidents take place at home, many of them with toys.

So what can you do to prevent accidents from happening? Here is some quick advice for selecting games for the home to ensure your child's eye safety.

First of all, make sure toys with long handles - such as a pony stick- have rounded edges, and prohibit or monitor young children carefully if they are handling them. Although blocks are usually fine for children of any age, it's important to check that the sides are blunted, in order to reduce the risk of eye injury. It's advised that you stay away from shooting toys, such as slingshots or dart guns. In an instance where you can't eliminate them altogether, then shooting toys should only be used when accompanied by a responsible grown-up. When letting older children play with a chemistry set or woodworking tools, make sure he or she wears safety glasses.

Beyond toys, other domestic dangers exist that you should be on the look out for. Sharp corners on tables are right at eye level for small children and can too frequently be the source of a serious injury. Chemicals that are accessible are another culprit for injury for kids and must be stored away or behind a locked cabinet at all times.

While it's true that games and toys for children may not always be 100% harmless, there are lots of excellent playthings that can benefit children's eyesight. There are many toys tailored to particular ages that provide terrific ways to grow visual development. When selecting toys for kids, go for those that develop hand-eye coordination and will encourage youngsters to learn about spatial relationships. It can also be a good idea to look on the Internet before entering the toy store. This way you can ensure that your purchase is safe for your children's eyes and will enrich their visual development as well!