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Protecting your Children’s Eyes at Home

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

Naturally, babies enter the world with an underdeveloped optical structure that grows with them. In the beginning, infants can see an object only up close. Throughout their growing years, kids are visually stimulated. Children's games and toys can be one of the best methods for stimulating children's eyes. Keep in mind, it's important to consider that a lot of childhood mishaps occur in the house, many with games and toys.

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

Firstly, make sure long-handled playthings - such as play brooms- don't have sharp edges, and prohibit or monitor young children carefully if they are handling them. Though blocks are generally fine for almost all ages, it's best to check that the sides are blunted, in order to reduce the risk of eye damage. It's a good idea to avoid 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 only be used when accompanied by a responsible adult. If your older child uses chemicals or tools, make sure to provide him with safety glasses.

Toys are not the only danger in the home environment. Sharp corners on tables are right at eye level for small children and can too often be the source of a serious injury. Cleaning solutions that are accessible are another source of danger for children and should be kept away or locked up to prevent curious children from obtaining them.

Yes, children's toys can sometimes cause harm, but let's not forget about all of the advantages they offer. There are a number of age-appropriate toys for kids that offer great ways to stimulate visual development. When selecting toys for kids, look for those that develop coordination between the hands and eyes and will help children to understand spatial relationships. You may want to consider trying to do some research before making a purchase. This way you can guarantee that your purchase is safe for your children's eyes and will enrich their visual development at the same time!