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Be Aware of Household Eye Safety This Month


In recognition of Home & Sports Eye Safety Month, this post will focus on ways to keep your home safe for your eyes particularly for children. Don't wait until it's too late to make sure your home environment is safe for your kids' eyes.


Naturally, babies are born with a partially developed visual structure that progresses with them. As part of standard infant optical development, newborns can view objects only very close. Throughout their growing years, children are visually stimulated. Children's games and toys can be one of the best ways to stimulate children's eyes. Keep in mind, you should consider that most childhood accidents take place at home, many of them with games and toys.


What's the simplest way to prevent accidents? There are many precautions you can take when buying games for the house to ensure your child's eyes are not in danger.


Firstly, make sure long-handled playthings - such as a pony stick- aren't sharp-edged, and prohibit or monitor young children carefully if they are handling them. Although blocks pose little danger for children of all ages, it's best to make sure the corners are blunted, in order to prevent eye or other bodily damage. It's a good idea to avoid shooting toys, such as slingshots or dart guns. In an instance where this is not possible, then use of these toys should be monitored by a responsible adult. If your older child uses chemicals or tools, make sure to provide him with protective glasses.


Is there anything else that can be dangers in the home environment? Toys are only just the tip of the iceberg. As a parent, it's your job to walk around your home and make sure there's nothing that could threaten your children and their eyes. One of the most common threats is chemicals that haven't been locked up properly. If youngsters can access these solutions they are at great risk.


While it's true that games and toys for children won't always be 100% risk-free, there are lots of wonderful playthings that can help a child's eyesight. There are a number of age-appropriate toys for youngsters that provide amazing ways to advance optical development. When selecting toys for youngsters, go for those that refine coordination between the hands and eyes and will help kids to learn about spatial relationships. It can also be a good idea to look on the Internet before heading to the toy store. This way you can do your best to make sure your purchase will protect your children and will enrich their optical development at the same time!