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Eye Safety in the Home


As September marks Home & Sports Eye Safety Month, we've chosen to highlight ways to keep your home eye safe particularly in purchasing toys that are safe for your kid's eyes. Don't wait until it's too late to ensure your home is an eye-safe zone.

Generally, babies are born with an immature visual system that grows as they get older. In the beginning, newborns can see an object at close range only. A child's visual system is constantly stimulated as he develops. Toys can be one of the fastest methods for stimulating kid's eyes. Keep in mind, it's important to remember that most childhood accidents take place at home, many with games and toys.

What's the best way to avoid accidents? Here is some easy advice for selecting toys for the home to ensure your child's eye safety.

First of all, be sure toys with long handles - such as a pony stick- have curved edges, and prohibit or monitor young children carefully if they are handling them. While building blocks pose little danger for almost all ages, it's important to check that the sides are not sharp, in order to reduce the risk of eye accidents. It's suggested that you steer clear of toys that shoot objects in the air, such as slingshots or dart guns. If you can't eliminate them altogether, then use of these toys should be monitored by a responsible grown-up. If your older child uses chemicals or tools, make sure to give him or her safety goggles.

Beyond toys, other domestic threats exist that you want to be on the look out for. Corners with a sharp edge that are found on counters or tables are right at the level of the eye for small children and can too often be the source of a severe injury. Cleaning solutions that are not stored properly are another source of danger for kids and must be placed away or locked up to prevent curious children from obtaining them.

Although it's true that toys won't always be totally safe, there are many wonderful toys that can contribute to a child's eyesight. There are a number of age-appropriate toys for children that offer great ways to stimulate optical development. When buying toys for kids, look for those that refine coordination between the hands and eyes and will encourage youngsters to learn about colors, shapes and space. 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 as well!