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Focusing on Kids’ Eye Safety

It can be challenging to know which toys are safe for our kids' eyes.

Infants are born with an immature visual system which forms throughout their early years with the correct sort of stimulation. Few things stimulate a child's visual development more efficiently than toys and activities that involve hand-eye coordination and a clearer understanding of spatial relationships. Between the ages of 0-3 months, babies can't entirely see color, so objects with bold, black and white patterns can be stimulating for them.

Since children spend so much time playing with their toys, it is crucial to be sure that their toys are safe for their eyes as well as their total safety. Firstly, to be safe, a toy must be right for their age group. And it is just as important to make sure that the toy is good for their developmental stage. Although toy companies specify targeted age groups on toy packaging, it's still important for you to be smart, so your child doesn't play with anything that could be damaging in any way.

Toys need to be of decent quality, without small parts that will break off. And if they're painted, make sure it's not with a product that might be toxic. Everyone knows kids can sometimes be just a bit reckless, but they should always keep an eye out for airborne balls and other things in the playground, like swinging ropes that might hit the eye. This can lead to immediate injury like a corneal abrasion, or a sub-conjunctival hemorrhage, which is a popped blood vessel. Even if there's no apparent damage, the result of the hit can manifest decades after the event, as a contributing cause of glaucoma or a premature cataract.

Steer clear of toys that have points or edges or any sharp parts for young children, and if your kids have toys with long handles, like pony sticks, always make sure the ends aren't sharp. Closely supervise toddlers when they play with such toys.

If your child is under 6, stay clear of toys projectiles, such as arrows. Even if a child is old enough to play with such toys, you still need to pay attention with toys like that. On the other hand, when it comes to older kids who have chemistry sets or woodworking tools, always make sure they wear protective eyewear.

When you're next shopping for the holidays, birthdays or other special occasions, keep in mind the toy makers' advice about the intended age range for the toy. Ensure that toys you buy won't pose any risk to your child.

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