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Holiday shopping list for vision development

The holiday season is upon us! A wonderful time of gathering and sharing. If you have little ones (or not so little ones) at home, you probably are thinking about gifts to give.

While reviewing toys on their wish list, consider this: some gifts that not only are fun and safe, but also excellent at promoting visual development. At Bright Eyes Family Vision Care, we have complied a list of 40 of these toys, both old and new, that children will enjoy and benefit from.

Here is a sample of some items on the list:

1. Lite Brite Set

16. Guitar Hero II

20. American Idol Dance Mat

32. Concentration (MB)

39. Wii

If you would like to see the full list of visual devleopmental toys and games, or would like more information about the critical role vision plays in reading and learning, please stop by or call our office. You can also visit our website:

Happy Holidays!!
Dr. Nate

Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD
Bright Eyes Family Vision Care
Located in the Westchase area of Tampa.

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2 responses to “Holiday shopping list for vision development”

  1. visionfirst says:

    Dr. B….can you tell me how the Wii and Guitar Hero are good for a child’s visual development?

    I keep telling my kids, “Wii Wii? No No!” I’d rather have them reading, practicing their piano, or better yet, playing outside!

    Thanks for your help in choosing quality toys.
    Janet Hughes

  2. Hi Janet,

    This is a very good question, and one worth discussing. I absolutely agree that old-fashioned reading, music, and outside play are the best activities to stimulate creativity and personal development. These should be encouraged as much as possible.

    This is a list of “toys.” The primary goal of this list to provide options for gifts that will promote visual development. These are alternatives to gifts such a “Hannah Montana” Wig and microphone, an Easy-Bake Oven, or Jonas Brothers CD. These gifts may be fun and spark creativity, but not specifically promote visual development.

    The list I have includes games that involve fine visual discrimination, visual spatial judgments, color recognition, sensory integration (eye-hand coordination, eye-ear coordination, or visual-balance coordination), visual planning, and/or visual imagery (mental picture) development. These are the kind of activities I recommend to parents in general and specifically who are patching to treat amblyopia.

    Regarding the Wii specfically, I am way beyond the time in my life when I play video games, but my younger brother has one. I can tell you from first hand experience that the 3D graphics and game design require significant spatial reasoning and visual planning, as well as eye-hand coordination. In fact, I recently spoke to an Occupational Therapist who is implementing the Wii into her program for these types of benefits.

    That being said, moderation is absolutely the key for these types of activties – reading included – to maintain visual comfort and efficiency.

    Thanks for asking, Janet!

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