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Eye Safety in the Home

 

As September marks Home & Sports Eye Safety Month, we've chosen to focus on ways to keep your house safe for your eyes specifically when it comes to kids. Don't wait until it's too late to guarantee your home environment doesn't pose any series dangers to your children's eyes.

In general, babies enter the world with an immature optical structure that develops with them. In the beginning, babies can see objects at close range only. A child's visual structure is constantly stimulated as the individual progresses. Children's games and toys can be one of the best ways to stimulate kid's sight. However, at the same time, you should consider that a lot of childhood accidents take place in the house, many with games and toys.

So what can you do to prevent accidents from happening? There are many steps you can take when selecting toys and games for the home to guarantee your child's eyes are safe.

Firstly, ensure toys with long handles – such as play brooms- have curved edges, and prohibit or monitor young children carefully if they are handling them. While blocks pose little danger for almost any age, it's good to check that the edges are rounded, in order to reduce the risk of eye or other bodily accidents. It's a good idea to avoid toys that shoot objects in the air, such as arrows or guns. In an instance where this is not possible, then use of these toys should be monitored by a responsible grown-up. When allowing older children to play with chemicals or tools, be sure he or she wears protective glasses.

What else can be damaging in your house? Toys are only just the tip of the iceberg. As a parent, it's your job to scout around the house and guarantee there's nothing that could threaten your children and their eyes. One of the most common perils is chemicals that haven't been carefully put away. If children can reach these chemicals their eyes are at great risk.

Although it's true that games and toys for children won't always be totally safe, there are numerous excellent playthings that can benefit a child's eyesight. There are many toys tailored to specific stages that provide terrific ways to advance optical development. When choosing toys for youngsters, look for those that develop coordination between the hands and eyes and will encourage kids to understand colors, shapes and space. It can also be a good idea to do some research before making a purchase. Then you can guarantee that your purchase is safe for your children's eyes and will enrich their visual development as well!

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