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Infant Eye Care

Infants need to learn almost everything from scratch. They learn to walk and they learn to talk. They also need to learn how to see and it is an evolutionary process which occurs over time. First they must learn to focus using their visual skills and then they learn to adapt what they see.

Good vision and healthy eyes are critical in an infant’s development and his ability to function and develop in the world around him. It is, therefore, crucial that any eye or vision problems be detected as soon as humanly possible.

Parents play a vital role in assuring their infant’s eye health by:

  • Taking their child for a vision and eye evaluation to an optical health professional at about 6 months of age
  • Keeping a close eye on their baby for the development of any eye or vision problems
  • Developing age appropriate activities that will help develop their child’s vision

Vision Milestones:

  • At birth, a child’s vision is not highly developed and they can generally not distinguish between objects
  • Until about three months of age, an infant tends to focus on objects that are no more than 8-10 inches from their faces
  • In the early months, an infant eyes will start to work together and they start to track moving objects
  • From five to eight months, depth perception increases and the eyes begin to work together
  • Infants begin to get a three dimensional view of the world around them
  • Color vision tends to improve by 5 months of age.
  • From nine to twelve months children should begin to move their hands in coordination with their eyes and should judge distances fairly well
  • From one to two years of age children should have well developed hand eye coordination and fairly good depth perception