2016 Suggested Holiday Toy List

With Black Friday quickly approaching, we are helping parents looking for vision-friendly gifts this year. Our Suggested Holiday Toy List features toys and games instead of hand-held electronic devices and home gaming systems. Excessive time on electronics could contribute to dry, itchy, red eyes; increased nearsightedness; and/or stress on functional vision skills.

Alternatives to electronic games (like the ones listed) can enhance a child’s visual skills, contributing to improvements in eye tracking, depth perception, visualization, eye-hand coordination, visually-guided body movement, and other visual skills.

We recommend people who have a child with an existing functional vision problem to choose toys geared to a child’s developmental age, rather than their actual age. Learning, enjoyment, and self-confidence is usually best when the child can accomplish the activity relatively easily about 80-90% of the time, and is therefore challenged 10-20% of the time.

If you are unsure that your child’s academic, behavioral, or athletic problems are due to their vision, please check out our Signs & Symptoms Checklist. If you suspect your child has a vision problem, please call us at 239-682-0945 or click on the Request an Appointment tab to schedule an evaluation.