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September is Home and Sports Eye Safety Month

 

In honor of Home and Sports Eye Safety Month, we're going to focus on ways to keep your house eye safe specifically for kids. Don't wait until it's too late to guarantee your house doesn't pose any series dangers to your children's eyes.

In general, kids enter the world with an underdeveloped optical structure that develops with them. In the beginning, newborns can view objects only very close. Throughout their growing stages, kids are visually stimulated. Toys can be one of the easiest methods for stimulating kid's eyes. Keep in mind, you should remember that a large number of childhood accidents take place at home, many of them with toys.

So what can you do to avoid endangering your child's eye sight? Here are some simple tips for choosing games for the house to ensure your child's eyes are not in danger.

First of all, check that toys with long handles – such as a pony stick- aren't sharp-edged, and prohibit or monitor young children carefully if they are handling them. While building blocks are generally safe for children of all ages, it's best to make sure the sides are rounded, in order to reduce the risk of eye damage. It's a good idea to steer clear of toys that shoot objects in the air, such as arrows or guns. If you can't eliminate them altogether, then use of these toys should be monitored by a responsible adult. When letting older children play with a chemistry set or woodworking tools, be sure he or she wears safety goggles.

Beyond games and toys, other household dangers exist that you want to be aware of. Corners with a sharp edge that are found on tables are a frequent cause of injury for shorter children and should be protected. Cleaning solutions that are not stored properly are a further source of danger for kids and need to be kept out of reach or locked up at all times.

True, toys can on occasion be hazardous, but it's important to not forget about all of the advantages they can provide. There are many age-appropriate toys for kids that offer great ways to advance visual development. When purchasing toys for youngsters, look for those that develop hand-eye coordination and will encourage kids to understand spatial relationships. You may want to consider trying to look on the Internet before heading to the toy store. Then you can guarantee that your purchase is safe for your children's eyes and will enrich their optical development at the same time!