As September marks Home and Sports Eye Safety Month, we're going to focus on ways to keep your home safe for your eyes specifically for kids. Don't wait until it's too late to make sure your home environment is an eye-safe zone.
In general, kids enter the world with an immature visual system that grows as they get older. In the beginning, babies can see objects at close range only. All through their developing stages, kids are visually stimulated. Children's games and toys can be one of the fastest ways to stimulate children's eyes. Keep in mind, you should consider that most childhood mishaps occur at home, many with toys.
What's the best way to avoid accidents? There are many precautions you can take when selecting games for the home to guarantee your child's eyes are not in danger.
Firstly, make sure toys with long handles - such as sticks- don't have sharp edges, and carefully oversee children under two with such toys. Although blocks are generally safe for children of all ages, it's best to make sure the edges are not pointed, in order to prevent eye accidents. It's suggested that you avoid toys that shoot objects in the air, such as slingshots or dart guns. If this is not possible, then shooting toys should only be used when accompanied by a responsible grown-up. If your older child plays with a chemistry set or woodworking tools, make sure he or she wears safety glasses.
Toys are not the only possible threat in the home environment. Corners with a sharp edge that are found on counters or tables are a common source of injury for shorter children and should be protected. Cleaning solutions that are not stored properly are another source of danger for children and need to be placed out of reach or locked up to prevent curious children from obtaining them.
While it's true that toys may not always be 100% risk-free, there are numerous excellent toys that can help a child's eyesight. There are many toys customized for particular stages that provide great ways to stimulate optical development. When purchasing toys for kids, go for those that emphasize coordination between the hands and eyes and will help children to learn about spatial relationships. You may want to consider trying 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 as well!