Thank you for choosing Birch Lake Vision Group!
Birch Lake Eye Clinic & Optical Village Eye Clinic & Optical
4720 White Bear Parkway 4365 Pheasant Ridge Dr. NE, Suite 108
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 Blaine, MN 55449
(651) 426-2747 (763) 717-9500
For over thirty years, Birch Lake Vision Group has offered superior vision care and friendly service to the White Bear Lake and Blaine areas and the greater North East Metro. Both clinics offer family eye care, emergency eye care, contact lens fittings, laser eye surgery screenings, and a full optical center.
We strive to provide the latest in optometric technology, a gentle, caring atmosphere, and a courteous, knowledgeable staff.
Toys and Eye Safety During the Holidays
Brad Schwantke, O.D.
Choosing the right toys for the children in your life during the holiday season is concerning for everyone. Often we get caught up agonizing over what the child will like the most, but a more important concern is what toys are safe for the child and healthy for their development.
Using toys that are not age or developmentally appropriate for the child is the most common reason why toys are unsafe. Toys with pointed, sharp, rough edges and small pieces are all unsafe. Toys with projectiles are also very unsafe, especially when younger kids are around. Supervision is necessary when children might share an inappropriate toy with a younger child.
Apart from safety, selecting toys that stimulate the process of vision development is also important. Children are born with an underdeveloped visual system that matures slowly. The brains ability to see well is developed over the childhood years. Appropriate, visually stimulating toys help promote this process. Sometimes however, despite your best efforts, your child may miss a step in vision development.
That is why comprehensive optometric care is extremely important for young children. A doctor of optometry can identify vision skill areas in need of attention in their early stages, before they have a chance to interfere with your child’s overall development or learning ability.
Toys to look for are those that are visually stimulating, work eye-hand coordination and are safe for the age of the child.
Toys for children under age 2 include:
Bright colored mobiles, stuffed animals, activity gyms, blocks, balls, puzzles, shape sorters, musical toys, cardboard books, riding toys pushed with feet
Toys for children age 2-6 include:
Building toys that snap together, puzzles, pegboards, drawing/coloring activities, tricycle, connect-the-dot games, backyard gyms, swings and sandboxes
Toys for children 6 and over:
Bicycle, jump ropes, roller skates, target games, more sophisticated building toys, puzzles, remote-controlled toys, age appropriate computer based games
Birch Lake Vision Groups commitment is to provide the highest quality of family health care in both services and products.
Our Doctors and staff will provide the highest comprehensive care to our patients focusing on their every need.
Our Patients are the heart of our practice and the reason we are here.
"The patient's quality of life is what we believe is most important."
Some of you might recognize one of our former staff members Julie who brought in her son Brayden for his first eye exam!
Contact us about our InfantSee program!