Toys And Your Child's Vision

Posted on: 25 March 2019

When it comes to the health of your child's eyes and the protection of their vision, there are a lot of things that you need to do. You need to get your child in for their routine eye exams and act immediately if you learn that they need prescription lenses. You also need to put some thought into the toys that you purchase for them. Here are some of the things that you should be keeping in mind when you are shopping for toys for your child from the aspect of pediatric eye care.

Look closely at the toys you purchase

While toy manufacturers and stores take steps to ensure their products are safe for children, there are products that go on the market before issues are found later on. Many times, the problems with the toys are spotted after children are injured and the injuries are reported. At that time, the toys will be recalled, or warning statements will be added to the packaging. You don't want to get your child one of these toys and put them at risk of being one of the children who suffer an injury, such as an injury to their eye(s).

When you are considering a toy for your child, pay attention to the movements the toy makes and see if there is anything about those movements that you can imagine causing an eye injury. You want to be especially watchful of toys that have parts that shoot or fly. Also, you should make sure toys or games that include powder, glitter, or any type of dust or other fine materials don't put your child at risk of those materials flying up into their eyes. On top of checking the toys yourself, you do also want to get in the habit of reading all the labels to look for any warnings and pay attention to the recommended age. The age recommendation could be due to parts or other materials that may be concerns for the child's eyes.

Consider the colors of toys

If you have an infant and you are looking for toys for them, then you should consider purchasing more toys that are high contrast black and white in color. Black and white toys help with your infant's visual tracking and focusing. Also, bold designs are easier for them to track and more attention grabbing. For example, toys that are mostly black and white with thick shapes like triangles and squares will encourage your infant to track, which helps to improve their visual growth.