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Focusing on Kids’ Eye Safety

Selecting the best toys with eye safety in mind is a concern for every parent. How do we choose toys that keep our kids' eyes in mind?

Infants don't have an entirely developed visual system at birth, but it becomes more refined over time. There aren't many things that help a child's visual development better than toys and activities that encourage hand-eye coordination and learning about spatial relationships. The best toys that stimulate an infant's visual development in his or her first year include mobiles with geometric patterns or bright primary colors and play mats that have interactive or removable objects, puppets and balls. Until they're 3 months old, babies can't fully differentiate between colors, so simple black and white pictures are most engaging.

Children spend a lot of time with their toys, so it's good for parents to know those toys are safe. Firstly, to be safe, toys should be right for their age group. Don't forget to check that the toy is suited to their level of development. Despite the fact that toy manufacturers mention targeted age groups on packaging, you still need to be alert, and not permit your child to play with anything that may result in eye injury or vision loss.

Make sure your child's things are well-made and won't break or fall apart with regular use, and check any paint for finish used is non-toxic and won't flake, as small particles can easily get into eyes. It's important to let kids play around a lot, but they need to be aware of balls and swings or even swinging ropes that can strike the eye. If something like that does occur, it can lead to a corneal abrasion, or a popped blood vessel. Other times, the result of the hit can appear years after the event, in the form of glaucoma or a premature cataract.

Steer clear of toys with edges or any sharp parts for young children, and check that long-handled toys such as pony sticks or toy brooms have rounded handles. Always pay attention when they play with such toys.

If your child is under 6, stay clear of toys which shoot, like arrows. Always supervise children playing with toys like that. Whereas, for teens who play with chemistry sets or woodworking tools, always check that they are wearing safety goggles.

So when you next find yourself looking to buy gifts for the holidays, birthdays or other special occasions, pay attention to the manufacturers' warning about the intended age group for the toy. Be certain that toys you buy won't pose any harm to your child's eyes.

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