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Eye Safety in the Home

 

In recognition of Home and Sports Eye Safety Month, we've chosen to highlight ways to keep your home eye safe specifically in choosing eye safe toys. Don't wait until it's too late to guarantee your house is safe for your kids' eyes.

Naturally, children enter the world with an immature visual structure that progresses with them. As part of normal baby vision development, babies can view objects at close range only. All through their growing years, kids are visually stimulated. Toys can be one of the fastest methods for stimulating kid's sight. Nevertheless, it's important to consider that a large number of childhood accidents take place at home, many with toys.

How can you prevent accidents from happening? There are many precautions you can take when buying toys for the house that are safe for your child's eyes.

First of all, ensure toys with long handles – such as sticks- aren't sharp-edged, and closely oversee children under two with such toys. Though blocks are usually fine for almost all ages, it's best to make sure the corners are blunted, in order to prevent eye or other bodily accidents. It's a good idea to stay away from shooting toys, such as slingshots or dart guns. If this is not possible, then shooting toys should be monitored by a responsible adult. If your older child works with a chemistry set or woodworking tools, make sure to give him or her safety glasses.

Toys are far from the only danger in the household. Corners with a sharp edge that are found on counters or tables are a common source of injury for shorter children and should be protected. Cleaning solutions that are accessible are a further source of danger for kids and must be stored away or behind a locked cabinet to prevent curious children from obtaining them.

Yes, children's toys can sometimes cause damage, but let's not overlook all of the advantages they can provide. There are a number of age-appropriate toys for children that offer great ways to stimulate optical development. When buying toys for youngsters, look for those that emphasize hand-eye coordination and will help youngsters to learn about colors, shapes and space. You may want to consider trying to do some research before making a purchase. 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!