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How to Protect your Child’s Eyes at Home

As September marks Home and Sports Eye Safety Month, this post will highlight ways to keep your home safe for your eyes particularly in purchasing toys that are safe for your child's eyes. Don't wait until it's too late to guarantee your home is safe for your children's eyes.

Naturally, kids are born with an underdeveloped optical structure that grows with them. As part of regular baby optical development, newborns can view an object only very close. A child's optical structure is constantly stimulated as she progresses. Children's games and toys can be one of the best methods for stimulating a youngster's vision. Nevertheless, it's important to remember that most childhood mishaps occur in the house, many of them with games and toys.

What's the best way to prevent accidents? There are several steps you can take when selecting games for the house that are safe for your child's eyes.

First off, ensure toys with long handles - such as sticks- have curved edges, and prohibit or monitor young children carefully if they are handling them. While building blocks pose little danger for children of all ages, it's best to make sure the edges are not pointed, in order to avoid eye damage. It's a good idea to stay away from shooting toys, such as arrows or guns. If this is not possible, then shooting toys should be monitored by a responsible adult. When allowing older children to play with a chemistry set or woodworking tools, be sure he or she wears protective goggles.

In addition to games and toys, other household dangers might be present that you want to be aware of. Corners with a sharp edge that are found on counters or tables are right at the level of the eye for small children and can too often cause severe injury. Chemicals that are accessible are another source of danger for kids and must be stored away or locked up to prevent curious children from obtaining them.

Although it's true that games and toys for children won't always be 100% safe, there are lots of great toys that can help children's eyesight. There are a number of toys customized for specific ages that offer great ways to advance optical development. When choosing toys for kids, look for those that develop hand-eye coordination and will help youngsters to learn about spatial relationships. You may want to consider trying to look on the Internet before making a purchase. This way you can ensure that your purchase is safe for your children's eyes and will enrich their optical development as well!