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September is Home and Sports Eye Safety Month


We all know why we need to wear sunglasses and sunscreen in the summer. Winter, however, can be deceiving. It's an illusion to assume that we are safe from sunburns during the colder season.

Snow acts as a powerful mirror for sunlight and magnifies the effects of UV rays which would otherwise be absorbed by the ground. As a result, the eyes are exposed to both the UV radiation bouncing back from the snowy carpet and the rays shining down directly from the sun.

If your family is skiing or snowboarding up in the mountains, you need to be even more careful! UV rays are more powerful at higher altitudes. Another important factor to remember is that ultraviolet radiation penetrates through clouds, so even if the sun is hidden behind them, it can still damage your eyes.

Prevent overexposure to sunlight by wearing sunglasses that absorb at least 95% of ultraviolet radiation when you go outside, no matter what time of year it is. Even though you want to look great in your shades, the most important part of choosing sunglasses is making sure they provide adequate protection against UV. Make sure the lenses are 100% UV blocking by looking for an indication that they block all light up to 400 nanometers - UV400. The good news is you don't necessarily have to pay more for full coverage for your eyes. Dozens of reasonably priced options exist that still provide total ultraviolet protection.

Another important factor in selecting sun wear is the size of the lenses. You want to make sure your glasses cover as much of the area around your eyes as possible. The more coverage you have, the less harmful radiation will be able to penetrate. Lenses that wrap around the temples will also prevent UV waves from entering from the sides.

If you like to ski or frolic in the snowy hills, you should be aware that the sun's rays are stronger at higher elevations, so you need to be especially careful to keep your eyes shaded on the slopes. In addition to sunglasses, it's a good idea to put on a wide brimmed hat that covers your eyes.

Make a point to be knowledgeable about proper eye protection throughout the year. Don't forget to wear your sunglasses.

In honor of Home and Sports Eye Safety Month, we're going to highlight ways to keep your house eye safe particularly in selecting toys that are safe for your child's eyes. Don't wait until it's too late to guarantee your home environment is an eye-safe zone.

Naturally, kids enter the world with an immature optical structure that develops with them. As part of standard infant optical development, infants can see objects at close range only. A child's optical structure is constantly stimulated as she grows. Children's games and toys can be one of the easiest methods for stimulating children's vision. However, at the same time, you should consider that a lot of childhood mishaps take place in the house, many of them with toys.

So what can you do to avoid compromising your children's vision? Here are some simple tips for buying toys and games for the house that are safe for your child's eyes.

Firstly, ensure long-handled toys - such as a pony stick- don't have sharp edges, and carefully watch youngsters under two with such toys. Although blocks are generally fine for almost any age, it's important to check that the corners are blunted, in order to prevent eye or other bodily damage. It's a good idea to steer clear of shooting toys, such as slingshots or dart guns. If this is not possible, then shooting toys should be monitored by a responsible grown-up. When allowing older children to play with a chemistry set or woodworking tools, be sure to provide him with protective goggles.

Is there anything else that can pose a problem in your house? Toys are actually just the beginning. As a parent, it's your task to go through the house and guarantee there's nothing that could jeopardize your child's eyes. The number one threat is chemicals that haven't been locked up properly. If children can reach these solutions they are at great risk.

Although it's true that games and toys for children may not always be 100% safe, there are lots of excellent toys that can help children's eyesight. There are many toys tailored to particular ages that offer great ways to advance optical development. When purchasing toys for children, look for those that refine hand-eye coordination and will encourage kids to understand colors, shapes and space. It can also be a good idea to do some research before making a purchase. This way you can do your best to make sure your purchase will protect your children and will enrich their visual development as well!