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Be Aware of Home Eye Safety This Month


As September marks Home & Sports Eye Safety Month, this post will highlight ways to keep your house eye safe particularly for kids. Don't wait until it's too late to make sure your house doesn't pose any series dangers to your children's eyes.

Generally, kids are born with an underdeveloped visual system that progresses as they get older. As part of normal baby optical development, newborns can see an object at close range only. Throughout their growing years, children are visually stimulated. Children's games and toys can be one of the best methods for stimulating a child's vision. Nevertheless, you should remember that a large number of childhood mishaps take place in the house, many of them with toys.

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

Firstly, ensure toys with long handles – such as sticks- have rounded edges, and prohibit or monitor young children carefully if they are handling them. While blocks are usually fine for children of any age, it's best to make sure the sides are not pointed, in order to reduce the risk of eye accidents. It's suggested that you avoid shooting toys, such as arrows or guns. In an instance where you can't eliminate them altogether, 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, make sure to provide him with protective glasses.

Is there anything else that 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 jeopardize your child's eyes. The number one risk is chemicals that haven't been carefully put away. If youngsters can access these chemicals they are in danger.

Although it's true that games and toys for children may not always be totally risk-free, there are numerous great toys that can contribute to a child's eyesight. There are a number of age-appropriate toys for children that provide terrific ways to grow optical development. When purchasing toys for children, go for those that refine coordination between the hands and eyes and will help youngsters to understand spatial relationships. It can also be a good idea to do some research before checking out 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!