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Protecting your Children’s Eyes in the Home

In recognition of Home & Sports Eye Safety Month, we've chosen to highlight ways to keep your home safe for your eyes particularly when it comes to children. Don't wait until it's too late to ensure your house doesn't pose any series dangers to your children's eyes.

In general, kids are born with an immature optical structure that develops as they get older. In the beginning, newborns can view objects only up close. All through their developing stages, children are visually stimulated. Toys can be one of the fastest ways to stimulate a youngster's eyes. However, at the same time, you should remember that a lot of childhood accidents occur at home, many of them with games and toys.

What's the best way to avoid accidents? Here are some simple tips for choosing games for the home that are safe for your child's eyes.

First off, ensure toys with long handles - such as play brooms- have rounded edges, and closely watch children under two with such toys. Though building blocks are usually safe for almost any age, it's good to check that the edges are rounded, in order to reduce the risk of eye or other bodily injury. It's a good idea to avoid toys that shoot objects in the air, such as arrows or guns. In an instance where you can't eliminate them altogether, then shooting toys should only be used when accompanied by a responsible adult. If your older child plays with chemicals or tools, be sure he or she wears protective goggles.

Toys are not the only danger in the household. Sharp corners on tables are a frequent source of injury for shorter children and should be protected. Cleaning solutions that are not stored properly are a further source of danger for children and need to be stored away or locked up to prevent curious children from obtaining them.

Yes, toys can sometimes cause harm, but let's not overlook all of the benefits they offer. There are a number of age-appropriate toys for kids that offer amazing ways to advance visual development. When selecting toys for youngsters, go for those that develop coordination between the hands and eyes and will help children to learn about colors, shapes and space. You may want to consider trying to do some research before making a purchase. Then you can guarantee that your purchase is safe for your children's eyes and will enrich their visual development as well!