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September is Home and Sports Eye Safety Month

As September marks Home & Sports Eye Safety Month, this post will focus on ways to keep your house eye safe specifically for kids. It's important to be proactive to make sure your home environment doesn't pose any series dangers to your children's eyes.

In general, babies are born with an immature optical structure that develops as they get mature. In the beginning, newborns can see an object only very close. Throughout their growing stages, children are visually stimulated. Children's games and toys can be one of the best methods for stimulating a child's sight. However, at the same time, it's important to remember that a large number of childhood accidents occur at home, many with games and toys.

What's the simplest way to avoid accidents? Here is some easy advice for choosing games for the house to guarantee your child's eye safety.

First of all, make sure long-handled toys - such as a pony stick- have rounded edges, and carefully watch kids under two with such toys. Though building blocks pose little danger for almost all ages, it's best to make sure the edges are rounded, in order to reduce the risk of eye or other bodily damage. It's a good idea to avoid toys that shoot objects in the air, such as arrows or guns. In an instance where this is not possible, then use of these toys should only be used when accompanied by a responsible grown-up. When letting older children play with a chemistry set or woodworking tools, make sure to give him or her protective glasses.

Toys are not the only danger in the home environment. Corners with a sharp edge that are found on tables are right at eye level for small children and can often cause serious injury. Cleaning solutions that are accessible are a further culprit for injury for children and need to be kept out of reach or behind a locked cabinet at all times.

While it's true that games and toys for children may not always be 100% risk-free, there are many wonderful toys that can help a child's eyesight. There are a number of toys tailored to specific ages that provide great ways to grow visual development. When selecting toys for kids, look for those that refine coordination between the hands and eyes and will help children to understand spatial relationships. You may want to consider trying to look on the Internet before checking out the toy store. This way you can guarantee that your purchase is safe for your child's eyes and will enrich their optical development at the same time!


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