As September marks Home and Sports Eye Safety Month, this post will focus on ways to keep your home safe for your eyes particularly for children. Don't wait until it's too late to ensure your home environment doesn't pose any series dangers to your children's eyes.
In general, children enter the world with an underdeveloped visual system that develops as they get older. In the beginning, infants can view objects at close range only. All through their developing years, children are visually stimulated. Children's games and toys can be one of the best ways to stimulate a child's eyes. Keep in mind, it's important to consider that most childhood mishaps take place at home, many with games and toys.
What's the best way to avoid accidents? There are several steps you can take when choosing toys and games for the house that are safe for your child's eyes.
Firstly, be sure long-handled toys – such as sticks- aren't sharp-edged, and prohibit or monitor young children carefully if they are handling them. While blocks are usually safe for almost all ages, it's good to check that the corners are rounded, in order to avoid eye accidents. It's a good idea to 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 adult. If your older child plays with a chemistry set or woodworking tools, be sure he or she wears protective goggles.
In addition to toys, other domestic dangers might be present that you want to be aware of. Sharp corners on counters or tables are a frequent cause of injury for small children and should be protected. Chemicals that are not stored properly are another source of danger for children and need to be kept out of reach or locked up to prevent curious children from obtaining them.
True, toys can sometimes cause harm, but it's important to not overlook all of the advantages they can provide. There are a number of age-appropriate toys for kids that offer amazing ways to advance optical development. When purchasing toys for kids, go for those that focus on coordination between the hands and eyes and will encourage kids to learn about colors, shapes and space. It can also be a good idea to look on the Internet before entering the toy store. This way you can ensure that your purchase is safe for your children's eyes and will enrich their visual development as well!