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In recognition of Home & Sports Eye Safety Month, we're going to focus on ways to keep your home safe for your eyes particularly when purchasing eye safe toys. It's important to take the earliest chance to ensure your home doesn't pose any series dangers to your children's eyes.

Naturally, kids enter the world with an immature visual structure that grows as they get mature. As part of regular infant vision development, babies can see an object at close range only. Throughout their growing stages, kids are visually stimulated. Children's games and toys can be one of the fastest ways to stimulate children's sight. However, at the same time, it's important to consider that a lot of childhood mishaps take place at home, many with toys.

So what can you do to avoid compromising your child's eyes? There are several precautions you can take when selecting toys and games for the house to ensure your child's eye safety.

Firstly, check that long-handled toys - such as a pony stick- aren't sharp-edged, and prohibit or monitor young children carefully if they are handling them. While building blocks are generally safe for almost any age, it's good to check that the corners are blunted, in order to avoid eye or other bodily accidents. It's a good idea to steer clear of toys that shoot objects in the air, such as slingshots or dart guns. In an instance where this is not possible, then shooting toys should only be used when accompanied by a responsible grown-up. When allowing older children to play with a chemistry set or woodworking tools, be sure to give him or her safety goggles.

In addition to toys, other domestic threats exist that you want to be on the look out for sharp corners on counters or tables are right at eye level for small children and can often be the source of a severe injury. Chemicals that are not stored properly are a further source of danger for kids and must be kept out of reach or behind a locked cabinet to prevent curious children from obtaining them.

While it's true that toys won't always be 100% safe, there are many wonderful playthings that can benefit children's eyesight. There are many toys tailored to specific ages that offer terrific ways to grow visual development. When selecting toys for children, look for those that refine hand-eye coordination and will encourage children to learn about spatial relationships. It can also be a good idea to do some research 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!