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Let’s Play Safe: Eye Safety and Children

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Sometimes it's hard to know which toys are not harmful for our kids' eyes.

Infants don't have a completely developed visual system at birth, but it becomes more refined over time. Nothing stimulates a child's visual development more efficiently than playing, which involves hand-eye coordination and a more concrete understanding of spaces and distances between objects. Between the ages of 0-3 months, a baby's ability to see color hasn't really developed, so objects with strong, black and white pictures can be stimulating for them.

Kids spend a lot of time playing with toys, so it's important to check those toys are safe. To be safe, a toy should be age-appropriate. It is equally important to make sure that toys are good for their developmental stage. Despite the fact that companies specify targeted age groups on packaging, you still need to be alert, and not allow your child to play with anything that may lead to eye injury and permanent eye damage.

Any plush toys are best if machine washable, and, especially when it comes to smaller children, free of tiny parts to pull off, like buttons, sequins or bows. Steer clear of toys that have points or edges or sharp components for a young child, and check that long-handled toys such as pony sticks or toy brooms have rounded handles. Always pay attention when they play with those kinds of toys.

If your child is under 6 years old, be wary of toys with flying parts, like slingshots. Even if a child is old enough to play with such toys, you still need to supervise children playing with toys like that. Whereas, for teens who have chemistry sets or woodworking tools, always make sure they wear safety goggles.

So the next time you're looking to buy gifts for a holiday or birthday, take note of the company's warning about the intended age range for the toy. Make sure that toys you buy won't pose any harm to your child.