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Optometrist Unveils List of 105 Vision-Friendly Children’s Gifts

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It includes a mix of classic and newer toys.

Dr. Kellye Knueppel, an optometrist in Wisconsin, has released her annual list of vision-friendly children’s toys.

The blog entry on her practice website is called “2016 Gift List: 105 Optometrist-Approved Children’s Toys.” This year’s version includes eight new additions.

The blog post explains: “We started our vision-friendly gift list because we became increasingly concerned about the number of gifts that could potentially adversely affect a child’s visual development, such as computers and hand-held devices. We want to provide our parents with an alternative.”

The list includes items in categories such as building toys, fine motor skill toys and space perception toys.

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Some example entries the Magformers magnetic construction set, a set of cornhole bean bags and the Kanoodle solitaire puzzle game.

The American Optometric Association quotes Knueppel saying: “Many optometrists share my list with their patients. I think it’s popular because the things on the list are fun. I try for a mix of classic, traditional toys along with some newer, fun toys and games.”

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