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September marks Home and Sports Eye Safety Month!

As September marks Home and Sports Eye Safety Month, this post will focus on ways to keep your home safe for your eyes specifically in choosing toys that are safe for your children's eyes. Don't wait until it's too late to make sure your house doesn't pose any series dangers to your children's eyes.

In general, babies enter the world with an underdeveloped visual structure that grows as they get mature. As part of standard baby vision development, newborns can view objects only very close. A youngster's visual structure is constantly stimulated as he matures. Toys can be one of the easiest ways to stimulate children's vision. Nevertheless, it's important to remember that a large number of childhood mishaps occur in the house, many with toys.

What's the best way to avoid accidents? There are several precautions you can take when selecting toys for the home that are safe for your child's eyes.

First off, be sure toys with long handles - such as a pony stick- have rounded edges, and prohibit or monitor young children carefully if they are handling them. While blocks pose little danger for children of all ages, it's good to make sure the corners are blunted, in order to avoid eye or other bodily damage. It's a good idea to stay away from 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. When allowing older children to play with a chemistry set or woodworking tools, make sure he or she wears protective glasses.

Is there anything else that can pose a problem in the home environment? Toys are actually just the beginning. As a parent, it's your task to go through your home and make sure there's nothing that could endanger your child's eyes. One of the most common threats is hazardous materials that haven't been locked up properly. If a child can access these chemicals their eyes are at great risk.

Although it's true that games and toys for children may not always be totally harmless, there are many wonderful playthings that can contribute to a child's eyesight. There are a number of age-appropriate toys for children that offer terrific ways to grow optical development. When buying toys for children, look for those that emphasize hand-eye coordination and will help youngsters to understand spatial relationships. 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 optical development at the same time!