Vision is something many take for granted—until something goes wrong with it that is. Eye problems can be especially difficult for children, who rely on their eyesight to read the chalkboard in school (more than 80-percent of classroom education is visual, according to Friends for Sight).
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It only takes a moment for a mishap to occur that could compromise your child’s eyesight, and there are other factors that could affect the quality of their vision over an extended length of time. Let’s take a closer look at six ways to protect your child’s eyesight for Child Eye Health and Safety Month in August…
1. Give Them Well-Rounded Toys
Toys may be approved for toddlers, but that doesn’t mean they’re 100-percent injury-proof. There could be a sharp corner here or there that could end up hurting your child’s eye, whether they fall onto it or they get carried away with their imagination.
Make sure to read the age minimums on all toys before you bring them home, and only buy toys that meet the safety standards of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), notes Friends for Sight. Also choose toys that require some dexterity, which can also help develop visual acuity.