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Maintaining Safety for Your Eyes in the Home


In recognition of Home and Sports Eye Safety Month, we're going to focus on ways to keep your house safe for your eyes specifically in choosing eye safe toys. Don't wait until it's too late to guarantee your home environment is an eye-safe zone.

Naturally, kids enter the world with an underdeveloped visual structure that grows with them. As part of regular baby optical development, infants can see objects only up close. Throughout their developing stages, kids are visually stimulated. Children's games and toys can be one of the fastest ways to stimulate children's sight. Keep in mind, it's important to consider that most childhood mishaps take place in the house, many of them with toys.

What's the simplest way to prevent accidents? Here are some simple tips for choosing toys for the home that are safe for your child's eyes.

First off, be sure long-handled toys - such as play brooms- don't have sharp edges, and closely supervise children under two with such toys. Though building blocks pose little danger for children of all ages, it's best to make sure the edges are blunted, in order to prevent eye damage. It's a good idea to stay away from shooting toys, such as arrows or guns. In an instance where this is not possible, then shooting toys should be monitored by a responsible adult. When allowing older children to play with chemicals or tools, make sure to give him or her safety glasses.

What else can be dangers in the home environment? Toys are only just the beginning. As a parent, it's your job to go through your home and make sure there's nothing that could threaten your children and their eyes. The number one risk is poisonous materials that haven't been stored in a safe place. If children can access these solutions their eyes are in danger.

True, toys can occasionally cause damage, but it's important to not overlook all of the benefits they offer. There are a number of age-appropriate toys for children that provide amazing ways to grow visual development. When buying toys for children, go for those that focus on hand-eye coordination and will encourage youngsters to learn about colors, shapes and space. It can also be a good idea to do some research before entering the toy store. Then you can ensure that your purchase is safe for your children's eyes and will enrich their optical development as well!