01 August, 2012
Did Magnifying Glass Mar Child's Eyesight?
A friend and I took out charges to the library for story time. Her charge is 16 months and mine is turning 2 in two months. We were playing with toys and lulling blocks, reading, and then my charge grabbed a magnifying glass and was looking at an insert collection with it, I helped her look at it. Then my friends charge tried copying what we were doing. Well, some busy body chimed in and said 'that's wrong, don't do that, it hurts her'. Then my friend said excuse me? The busy body then said, 'She is too young and looking through that magnifying glass will hurt her eyes, not good for their vision'! My friend then just looked frazzled and upset. I told the lady she should worry about her kid, who seems to not be playing so nice with the other kids. I told her the child is exploring, nothing wrong with that.
The thing is that my friend would poke her eye into the glass from one end and the little girl would look at it from the other end. She enjoyed it but she really didn't look right into the glass, as she was busy grabbing the insect blocks. Is there anything wrong with what my friend did? Is using a magnifying glass for toddlers wrong? I mean they make baby ones for one year olds. So I don't see how it's wrong. But the nosy lady claims it hurts kids vision. My friend was upset and I gave her a pep talk and told her at least our kids weren't yelling and fussing about sharing and I believe she's wrong and would look into it. My friend thinks the lady is crazy, nosy and for peace of mind would like to know if her being scolded was right, she believes she wants to use this as a learning experience incase it's true. Otherwise, she will tell the lady the facts about toddlers using a magnifying glass, or attempting to. - Anonymous
at 6:20 AM