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Eye Safety at Home

 

In honor of Home & Sports Eye Safety Month, this post will highlight ways to keep your house safe for your eyes particularly when it comes to children. Don't wait until it's too late to guarantee your house doesn't pose any series dangers to your children's eyes.

Naturally, children are born with an immature visual system that develops as they mature. As part of standard baby optical development, newborns can see objects at close range only. All through their growing stages, children are visually stimulated. Toys can be one of the best methods for stimulating a youngster's vision. Nevertheless, it's important to remember that a lot of childhood accidents take place in the house, many of them with games and toys.

What's the simplest way to prevent accidents? There are several steps you can take when choosing toys for the house that are safe for your child's eyes.

Firstly, be sure long-handled toys - such as a pony stick - have rounded edges, and prohibit or monitor young children carefully if they are handling them. Although blocks are generally fine for kids of any age, it's important to check that the corners are not sharp, in order to prevent eye accidents. It's a good idea to stay away from shooting toys, such as slingshots or dart guns. In an instance where you can't eliminate them altogether, then shooting toys should only be used when accompanied by a responsible adult. When letting older children play with chemicals or tools, be sure he or she wears safety glasses.

Toys are not the only danger 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 kids and must be stored out of reach or locked up at all times.

While it's true that toys won't always be 100% risk-free, there are many great playthings that can benefit a child's eyesight. There are many toys tailored to certain stages that provide terrific ways to grow optical development. When selecting toys for youngsters, look for those that develop coordination between the hands and eyes and will encourage kids to understand colors, shapes and space. It can also be a good idea to look on the Internet before making a purchase. This way you can guarantee that your purchase is safe for your child's eyes and will enrich their optical development at the same time!

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Considering the evolving situation of COVID-19, we feel it is our responsibility to prioritize the health of our community members during this critical time and do what we can to minimize the opportunity for transmission. As a result, we have made the decision to close our physical clinic and provide only virtual appointments & emergency referrals until further notice.

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Thank you for your support and understanding as we navigate these unprecedented times. We are hopeful that this will be a temporary measure, and will be monitoring the situation carefully. Please take care of yourselves & each other, and we hope to see you soon!

Sincerely,
Drs. McRoberts, Bowden & Davidson