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How to Protect your Child’s Eyes at Home

 

As September marks Home & Sports Eye Safety Month, this post will highlight ways to keep your house eye safe particularly when selecting toys that are safe for your children's eyes. It's important to take the earliest chance to ensure your house is an eye-safe zone.

In general, babies are born with an underdeveloped visual system that develops with them. In the beginning, babies can view objects only up close. A youngster's optical structure is continuously stimulated as he develops. Children's games and toys can be one of the easiest ways to stimulate a youngster's sight. Nevertheless, it's important to remember that most childhood mishaps take place at home, many of them with games and toys.

So what can you do to avoid endangering your children's sight? Here are some simple tips for choosing games for the home that are safe for your child's eyes.

First of all, ensure long-handled toys – such as play brooms- don't have sharp edges, and prohibit or monitor young children carefully if they are handling them. While blocks pose little danger for almost all ages, it's best to check that the corners are not sharp, in order to avoid eye injury. It's advised that you steer clear of shooting toys, such as arrows or guns. In an instance where this is not possible, then shooting toys should only be used when accompanied by a responsible grown-up. If your older child uses a chemistry set or woodworking tools, be sure to provide him with safety goggles.

What else can pose a problem in your house? Toys are actually just the tip of the iceberg. As a guardian to your children, it's your job to go through your home and make sure there's nothing that could threaten your child's eyes. One of the most common risks is chemicals that haven't been stored in a safe place. If a child can reach these materials they are in danger.

Although it's true that games and toys for children may not always be 100% harmless, there are many excellent toys that can benefit children's eyesight. There are many toys tailored to certain ages that provide amazing ways to stimulate optical development. When buying toys for kids, look for those that develop hand-eye coordination and will encourage youngsters to learn about colors, shapes and space. You may want to consider trying to do some research before checking out the toy store. This way you can ensure that your purchase is safe for your child's eyes and will enrich their visual development at the same time!