For your kids, the holiday season means gift-giving. And by gifts, they’re usually expecting toys. Your children may be looking forward to receiving the newest toy on the market. Before getting them one, make sure it’s safe and developmentally appropriate for them.
Your leading provider of vision therapy and other eye services, Clear View Vision Care, shares some tips on eye-friendly toys as we celebrate Safe Toys and Gifts Month this December.
Read the Toy’s Label
Reading the toy’s label should be a priority before buying it. This usually shows the toy’s recommended age and skill level. Mobiles with big, colorful pieces, for example, are effective at stimulating an infant’s visual reflexes. You should also look for the American Society for Testing and Materials seal. This indicates that the toy has undergone and passed national safety standards.
Toy Size Matters
Children often think that the bigger the toy, the better, which may be true. Your trusted eye doctor explains that your kids may find it difficult holding tiny toy pieces since they’re still developing their grasp and other fine motor abilities. Large toys, on the other hand, often consist of bigger pieces. They’re also more sturdily constructed. They’re less likely to break and cause choking while your kids are playing with them.
Stay Clear From Toys With Projectile Features
Around 250,000 of the reported children’s corneal abrasions, traumatic cataracts, and other eye injuries are caused by toys. Most of the time, these incidents involve airsoft guns, darts, and other toys with projectile functions. While they may seem exciting to play with, they are often a threat to your kids’ eye safety. Steer away from toys with sharp edges as well.
Have Their Eyes Checked
Regular eye exams allow us to check for any irregularities that may prevent your kids from seeing clearly. We may prescribe corrective lenses or orthokeratology therapy to improve their visual acuity. We may also help them pick their own safety glasses to reduce the risk of direct trauma to their eyes.
Most importantly, supervise your children while they are playing. Apart from ensuring their safety, it’s also a great way to spend time with them. Call us today at (520) 394-6111 or complete our form to learn more tips on buying eye-safe children’s toys. We serve Tucson and nearby AZ areas.