Your child’s eyesight plays a large role in their development and learning. This is why it’s essential to be proactive about your child’s visual health. One of the best ways to start is to have a good understanding of the different stages of infant visual development.
Today, Park Slope Eye, your trusted provider of dry eye treatment and other eye care services, discusses normal vision development in babies.
Birth to Four Months
You may have noticed that newborns have an intense gaze, especially during their first months of life. This is because they have not yet developed the ability to focus or differentiate between two different objects. They also have a hard time following a moving target. They can only clearly see the things that are 8-10 inches away from their faces.
Five to Eight Months
Your pediatric eye doctor shares that infants start to develop their depth perception, the ability to judge a certain object’s distance from them, as they reach their fifth month. Their eyes are gradually learning how to work together to form a three-dimensional view of their surroundings. They should have their baseline eye assessment during their sixth month. During their eighth month, their eye-body coordination continues to improve. This is important, as they also learn to crawl around this age.
Nine to 12 Months
By the time your kids turn 9-12 months old, they can judge distances fairly well. This is one of the reasons they can throw things with precision most of the time. Depth perception also plays a large role in your children’s ability to maintain gait and balance. As a result, they can pull themselves up to a standing position, grasp things with their thumb, and walk with or without assistance.
Any inconsistencies with your child’s vision development require evaluation from an optometrist. Starting at six months of age, your child should have routine eye exams every two years if they are risk-free. This way, we can easily detect underlying vision issues that may require eyeglasses or other vision correction options to ensure their continuous learning and development.
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