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How to Protect your Child’s Eyes at 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 ensure your home doesn't pose any series dangers to your children's eyes.


Naturally, children are born with an immature optical system that grows as they get older. In the beginning, newborns can see objects only up close. A youngster's visual system is continuously stimulated as the individual progresses. Children's games and toys can be one of the best ways to stimulate children's sight. However, at the same time, it's important to remember that most childhood accidents occur in the house, many with games and toys.


So what can you do to prevent accidents from happening? There are several steps you can take when buying toys and games for the house to ensure your child's eye safety.


Firstly, check that toys with long handles – such as play brooms- have rounded edges, and prohibit or monitor young children carefully if they are handling them. Although blocks are usually safe for almost any age, it's best to make sure the sides are not pointed, in order to reduce the risk of eye or other bodily accidents. It's a good idea to stay away from toys that shoot objects in the air, such as arrows or guns. If this is not possible, then use of these toys should be monitored by a responsible adult. If your older child plays with a chemistry set or woodworking tools, be sure to give him or her safety glasses.


Beyond games and toys, other household threats might be present that you should be on the lookout for sharp corners on counters or tables are a frequent source of injury for small children and should be protected. Cleaning solutions that are not stored properly are another culprit for injury for kids and need to be stored out of reach or locked up to prevent curious children from obtaining them.


Although it's true that games and toys for children won't always be totally risk-free, there are many great toys that can benefit children's eyesight. There are a number of age-appropriate toys for youngsters that offer great ways to advance optical development. When selecting toys for kids, look for those that emphasize hand-eye coordination and will help youngsters to understand colors, shapes and space. You may want to consider trying to do some research before heading to the toy store. This way you can guarantee that your purchase is safe for your children's eyes and will enrich their optical development at the same time!

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