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Eye Safety in the Home

In honor of Home & Sports Eye Safety Month, this post will focus on ways to keep your house safe for your eyes specifically for children. Don't wait until it's too late to ensure your house is an eye-safe zone.

In general, kids enter the world with an underdeveloped optical system that progresses as they get older. In the beginning, babies can see an object only very close. A youngster's visual system is continuously stimulated as the individual grows. Toys can be one of the fastest methods for stimulating kid's vision. However, at the same time, it's important to consider that most childhood accidents occur in the house, many of them with toys.

What's the simplest way to prevent accidents? Here are some simple tips for selecting toys for the house to ensure your child's eyes are not in danger.

First of all, check that long-handled toys - such as play brooms- have rounded edges, and carefully oversee youngsters under two with such toys. Though building blocks pose little danger for children of any age, it's best to check that the edges are rounded, in order to avoid eye accidents. It's recommended that you stay away from toys that shoot objects in the air, such as arrows or guns. If this is not possible, then shooting toys should be monitored by a responsible grown-up. If your older child uses chemicals or tools, be sure to provide him with protective goggles.

Is there anything else that can pose a problem in the home environment? Toys are only just the tip of the iceberg. As a parent, it's your task to walk around the house and ensure there's nothing that could jeopardize your children and their eyes. The number one risk is chemicals that haven't been carefully put away. If youngsters can access these materials they are at great risk.

Although it's true that toys won't always be totally risk-free, there are numerous great playthings that can contribute to a child's eyesight. There are a number of age-appropriate toys for youngsters that offer amazing ways to advance visual development. When purchasing toys for kids, go for those that develop hand-eye coordination and will encourage youngsters to learn about spatial relationships. It can also be a good idea to do some research before entering the toy store. This way you can do your best to make sure your purchase will protect your children and will enrich their visual development as well!