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How to Protect your Child’s Eyes at Home


In honor of Home & Sports Eye Safety Month, we've chosen to focus on ways to keep your home eye safe specifically for children. It's important to take the earliest opportunity to ensure your house is an eye-safe zone.

Generally, children enter the world with an underdeveloped visual structure that develops with them. In the beginning, newborns can view an object at close range only. Throughout their developing years, kids are visually stimulated. Children's games and toys can be one of the fastest methods for stimulating a youngster's sight. However, at the same time, it's important to remember that a lot of childhood mishaps take place in the house, many with toys.

So what can you do to avoid compromising your children's eyes? There are many steps you can take when selecting games for the house to guarantee your child's eye safety.

First off, check that toys with long handles - such as play brooms- have curved edges, and prohibit or monitor young children carefully if they are handling them. Although building blocks pose little danger for kids of all ages, it's good to make sure the sides are rounded, in order to prevent eye injury. It's a good idea to stay away from toys that shoot objects in the air, such as arrows or guns. In an instance where you can't eliminate them altogether, then shooting toys should be monitored by a responsible adult. When allowing older children to play with chemicals or tools, be sure to provide him with safety glasses.

Toys are far from the only danger in the home environment. Sharp corners on tables are right at eye level for small children and can too frequently cause severe injury. Chemicals that are not stored properly are another source of danger for children and need to be stored away or locked up to prevent curious children from obtaining them.

True, children's toys can on occasion be damaging, but let's not forget about all of the advantages they can provide. There are a number of age-appropriate toys for kids that offer amazing ways to stimulate optical development. When purchasing toys for children, look for those that focus on hand-eye coordination and will encourage children to learn about colors, shapes and space. You may want to consider trying to look on the Internet before checking out the toy store. Then you can guarantee that your purchase is safe for your child's eyes and will enrich their visual development at the same time!

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