Your baby’s vision will undergo many changes throughout their first year of life. Being familiar with these events can help you identify any irregularities as early as possible and seek effective treatment for your child.
Read on as your optometrist discusses significant developmental milestones of infants’ vision.
Birth to Four Months
Newborns usually have small pupils that prevent maximum light entry, making them highly sensitive to light. After a few weeks, they should be able to see the things at their sides and directly in front of them. Crossed eyes are common until their second month of life. Upon turning three or four months old, your baby should respond well to visual stimulation. They can track moving objects and focus on large and colorful things at this point too.
Five to Eight Months
Your child’s ability to detect color contrast and their ocular muscle movements usually take shape during this phase. Their improving recall process allows them to recognize faces easily. The American Optometric Association® suggests bringing them to their first comprehensive eye exam when they turn six months old. You can also expect them to start crawling around their eighth month, which means their coordination skills are developing well.
Nine to Twelve Months
Your baby’s eye color is usually final by the time they are nine months of age. Their depth perception is a key factor as they learn how to grasp and throw objects. It also plays an important role in your children’s ability to stand and walk with or without assistance.
For excellent eye management services, turn to Opti-Care. Apart from helping you understand your child’s visual development, we can also help you manage eye conditions, look for your perfect pair of contact lenses and more. Call us today at (410) 600-3173 to schedule an appointment. We serve families in Westminster, Marriottsville and the surrounding areas in MD.