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Be Aware of Home Eye Safety This September

In honor of Home and Sports Eye Safety Month, this post will focus on ways to keep your house safe for your eyes specifically in purchasing toys that are safe for your child's eyes. Don't wait until it's too late to guarantee your home environment doesn't pose any series dangers to your children's eyes.

Naturally, children enter the world with an underdeveloped visual structure that progresses with them. As part of standard baby vision development, infants can see objects only very close. All through their growing years, children are visually stimulated. Children's games and toys can be one of the easiest ways to stimulate kid's eyes. However, at the same time, you should remember that a lot of childhood mishaps occur at home, many of them with games and toys.

What's the best way to avoid accidents? There are several steps you can take when choosing toys and games for the home that are safe for your child's eyes.

First of all, be sure toys with long handles – such as a pony stick- don't have sharp 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 check that the corners are not sharp, in order to prevent eye damage. It's advised that you stay away from toys that shoot objects in the air, such as slingshots or dart guns. If you can't eliminate them altogether, then use of these toys should be monitored by a responsible adult. If your older child works with chemicals or tools, be sure he or she wears safety glasses.

Is there anything else that can be dangers in the home environment? Toys are actually just the beginning. As a guardian to your children, it's your task to scout around your home and guarantee there's nothing that could endanger your child's eyes. The number one risk is hazardous materials that haven't been carefully put away. If children can access these materials their eyes are at great risk.

While it's true that toys won't always be totally safe, there are lots of great playthings that can help children's eyesight. There are many toys customized for certain stages that provide amazing ways to stimulate optical development. When buying toys for kids, go for those that emphasize coordination between the hands and eyes and will help children to learn about spatial relationships. It can also be a good idea to do some research before stopping at the toy store. Then you can do your best to make sure your purchase will protect your children and will enrich their optical development at the same time!