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Understanding an Infant’s Vision Development

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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.

Understanding an Infant’s Vision 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.

For more information about an infant’s normal vision development, complete our form to request an appointment. We serve Brooklyn and nearby NY areas.


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  • Written by Justin Bazan

    Dr. Justin Bazan is a 2004 SUNY College of Optometry graduate. He established Park Slope Eye in 2008 with the goal of providing high quality eyecare and incredible eyewear for the neighborhood. He has a true passion for optometry and stay up to date with the current research and trends. He is active in the profession and holds several leadership positions on the local, state and national levels. Dr. Bazan is a Park Slope local and can often be seen out in the neighborhood so be sure to say Hi next time you see him!

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