Children mostly learn through imitation, which is why you would often find them copying your actions and gestures. To ensure their normal learning and development, Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care highlights the need to take good care of their eyes. Being familiar with an infant’s visual developmental milestones may be a good place to start. Let your trusted eye specialist discuss them in detail.
Newborns have relatively small pupils, making them highly sensitive to light. While they may be able to see objects from their sides, their central visual capacity is still developing. They can also see up-close objects better than distant ones. After a few weeks, their retinas will gradually develop, allowing them to appreciate different sizes and colors.
Two to Four Months Old
The eyes of two-month old babies are still learning to work together, which is why they may seem to be crossed eyes at this age. This usually resolves on its own after a few weeks. That said, it’s best to have your reliable optometrist perform a complete eye assessment on your child. In fact, we are a proud InfantSEE® provider. This is a public health service which offers a one-time, no-cost comprehensive eye exam for infants, aiming to detect potential sight-threatening conditions.
At this point, your baby’s visual coordination, focusing and tracking skills are continuously improving, allowing them to follow moving objects with their eyes. Three- to four-month old infants are also starting to develop their eye-arm coordination.
Five to Eight Months Old
Your baby’s depth perception ability should be taking shape at this stage, allowing them to distinguish how far an object is. This is helpful as they start reaching for various objects. They may also be able to recognize and recall your face even if you’re across a room.
Nine to Twelve Months Old
Upon turning nine months of age, your baby’s final eye color should easily be discernible. They may also have a fairly good sense of judging depth and distances. This is an important factor as they start grasping and throwing things as well as standing and walking with or without assistance.
If you have any further questions about your infant’s normal visual development, turn to Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care. We provide reliable eye care services, like laser eye surgery, low vision treatment and more. Call us at (301) 859-4060, or complete our form to request an appointment. We serve Alexandria and nearby VA communities as well as Potomac, Rockville and surrounding MD areas.