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September is Home and Sports Eye Safety Month

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In recognition of Home & Sports Eye Safety Month, this post will focus on ways to keep your home safe for your eyes particularly when selecting eye safe toys. Don't wait until it's too late to guarantee your house is an eye-safe zone.

In general, children enter the world with an immature optical system that grows as they get older. As part of standard infant optical development, infants can view an object only very close. All through their growing stages, children are visually stimulated. Children's games and toys can be one of the fastest ways to stimulate kid's eyes. Keep in mind, you should remember that a large number of childhood mishaps occur at home, many with games and toys.

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

First off, ensure 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 children of all ages, it's good to make sure the edges are not sharp, in order to avoid eye accidents. It's a good idea to stay away from toys that shoot objects in the air, such as arrows or guns. In an instance where you can't eliminate them altogether, then use of these toys should only be used when accompanied by a responsible grown-up. When allowing older children to play with chemicals or tools, make sure to give him or her safety glasses.

Is there anything else that can pose a problem in the home environment? Toys are only just the beginning. As a parent, it's your job to go through your home and guarantee there's nothing that could threaten your child's eyes. One of the most common dangers is chemicals that haven't been carefully put away. If children can access these materials they are at great risk.

True, toys can sometimes be dangerous, but let's not forget about all of the benefits they can provide. There are a number of age-appropriate toys for youngsters that offer amazing ways to grow visual development. When selecting toys for youngsters, look for those that emphasize hand-eye coordination and will help children to understand colors, shapes and space. It can also be a good idea to look on the Internet before making a purchase. Then you can ensure that your purchase is safe for your child's eyes and will enrich their visual development at the same time!