Skip to main content

Peoria Eye Professionals - 309-686-0763 - Make an Appointment
Bloomington Eye Professionals - 309-663-2211 - Make an Appointment

"Like" us on Facebook for up-to-date info & special promotions!

Home » What's New » Protecting your Children’s Eyes at Home

Protecting your Children’s Eyes at Home


As September marks Home and Sports Eye Safety Month, we're going to highlight ways to keep your home eye safe specifically when purchasing eye safe toys. It's important to be proactive to ensure your home environment is an eye-safe zone.

Naturally, babies enter the world with an immature visual structure that progresses with them. As part of regular infant optical development, infants can see an object only very close. A youngster's optical structure is continuously stimulated as he matures. Children's games and toys can be one of the easiest ways to stimulate a child's eyes. Keep in mind, it's important to consider that a large number of childhood mishaps take place in the house, many of them with toys.

What's the best way to prevent accidents? There are many precautions you can take when selecting games for the house that are safe for your child's eyes.

First of all, make sure toys with long handles - such as play brooms- aren't sharp-edged, and closely oversee youngsters under two with such toys. While blocks are generally fine for almost all ages, it's best to make sure the edges are not pointed, in order to reduce the risk of eye injury. It's recommended that you steer clear of toys that shoot objects in the air, such as arrows or guns. In an instance where you can't eliminate them altogether, then shooting toys should be monitored by a responsible grown-up. When allowing older children to play with chemicals or tools, make sure to provide him with safety glasses.

What else can pose a problem in your house? Toys are actually just the beginning. As a guardian to your children, it's your task to walk around the house and ensure there's nothing that could threaten your child's eyes. One of the most common risks is hazardous materials that haven't been stored in a safe place. If a child can access these materials they are at great risk.

While it's true that games and toys for children won't always be 100% harmless, there are lots of excellent playthings that can help a child's eyesight. There are a number of toys tailored to particular stages that offer terrific ways to stimulate optical development. When choosing toys for kids, look for those that emphasize 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 children's eyes and will enrich their optical development as well!