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How to Protect your Child’s Eyes at Home


In honor of Home & Sports Eye Safety Month, we've chosen to focus on ways to keep your homeeye safe specifically when it comes to kids. It's important to take the earliest chance to ensure your home environment doesn't pose any series dangers to your children's eyes.

Naturally, babies enter the world with an partially developed optical system that progresses with them. In the beginning, infants can see objects only up close. A youngster's optical system is continuously stimulated as he progresses. Children's games and toys can be one of the easiest ways to stimulate kid's eyes. Nevertheless, it's important to remember that most childhood mishaps occur at home, many of them with toys.

What's the best way to prevent accidents? There are many precautions you can take when selecting toys for the house that are safe for your child's eyes.

Firstly, ensure 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. Though blocks pose little danger for almost any age, it's best to check that the edges are blunted, in order to reduce the risk of eye or other bodily accidents. It's suggested that you avoid toys that shoot objects in the air, such as slingshots or dart guns. If you can't eliminate them altogether, then shooting toys should only be used when accompanied by a responsible adult. If your older child uses a chemistry set or woodworking tools, make sure to give him or her safety goggles.

Beyond toys, other domestic threats exist that you should be on the look out for. Corners with a sharp edge that are found on tables are a common cause of injury for shorter children and should be protected. Cleaning solutions that are not stored properly are a further culprit for injury for children and must be placed out of reach or behind a locked cabinet to prevent curious children from obtaining them.

Yes, toys can sometimes be damaging, but let's not overlook all of the advantages they offer. There are many age-appropriate toys for youngsters that offer terrific ways to grow visual development. When choosing toys for kids, go for those that develop hand-eye coordination and will encourage youngsters to understand spatial relationships. It can also be a good idea to look on the Internet before making a purchase. Then you can do your best to make sure your purchase will protect your children and will enrich their visual development at the same time!


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