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September is Home and Sports Eye Safety Month

As September marks Home and Sports Eye Safety Month, this post will highlight ways to keep your house eye safe particularly when selecting toys that are safe for your child’s eyes. It’s important to be proactive to make sure your home environment is an eye-safe zone.

Naturally, children enter the world with an immature visual structure that progresses with them. As part of normal infant vision development, newborns can see objects only up close. A youngster’s visual system is continuously stimulated as she develops. Toys can be one of the easiest methods for stimulating kid’s sight. Keep in mind, you should consider that a lot of childhood mishaps occur in the house, many of them with toys.

What’s the simplest way to avoid accidents? There are many precautions you can take when selecting games for the house that are safe for your child’s eyes.

First off, make sure toys with long handles – such as play brooms- don’t have sharp edges, and carefully watch kids under two with such toys. Though building blocks are generally fine for almost any age, it’s good to check that the corners are not sharp, in order to avoid eye or other bodily damage. It’s recommended that you steer clear of toys that shoot objects in the air, such as slingshots or dart guns. In an instance where this is not possible, then use of these toys should only be used when accompanied by a responsible grown-up. If your older child plays with a chemistry set or woodworking tools, make sure to provide him with safety goggles.

Is there anything else that can be damaging in the home environment? Toys are actually just the tip of the iceberg. As a parent, it’s your job to go through your home and guarantee there’s nothing that could jeopardize your children and their eyes. One of the most common risks is poisonous materials that haven’t been locked up properly. If a child can access these chemicals their eyes are in danger.

True, toys can sometimes be hazardous, but let’s not forget about all of the advantages they can provide. There are a number of toys customized for certain ages that offer terrific ways to grow optical development. When choosing toys for children, go for those that focus on coordination between the hands and eyes and will help kids to learn about colors, shapes and space. It can also be a good idea to look on the Internet before stopping at the toy store. Then you can ensure that your purchase is safe for your children’s eyes and will enrich their optical development as well!