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Vision Development During the First Year of Life

Your child’s learning and development are closely related to their eyesight. In fact, most kids are visual learners, which means they understand concepts more easily when they’re explained through visual demonstrations. This is how small children learn to imitate facial expressions and gestures.

Vision Development

Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care, your trusted provider of laser eye surgery and other eye care services, is committed to educating parents about child visual development milestones. This helps you be more proactive about your child’s visual health.


Infants are born with relatively small pupils, which is why bright lights easily overwhelm them. Their peripheral vision is often fully developed at birth, while their central vision may still be blurry. They can typically see nearby things better than those far away. Their retinas will also be able to appreciate different sizes and distinguish varying colors.

Two to Four Months Old

Your optometrist explains that when your children reach two months, their eyes are learning how to coordinate together. Ocular functions like tracking and focusing should start to develop at this stage. Many vision disorders involving eye/brain coordination develop during this phase.

Five to Eight Months Old

By the fifth month, your child’s depth perception is improving. This allows them to accurately measure how far away an object is, which is important as they are also starting to reach for objects. To ensure their optimal vision development, the American Optometric Association® recommends scheduling them for their first comprehensive eye exam at around this time.

Through the InfantSEE® program, your eye specialist will provide a one-time, no-cost, complete ocular assessment for your baby during their first year of life. This way, we can immediately detect and treat potential vision problems that could compromise your children’s learning, development and quality of life later on.

Nine to Twelve Months Old

Your child’s eye color will be stable by the time they’re a year old. Their ability to accurately judge depths and distances will come in handy as they start grasping things around them. This is also important as they learn how to stand and walk on their own.

Get in touch with us today at (301) 859-4060 or complete our form to learn more about your children’s vision development. We serve Alexandria, VA, and Potomac and Rockville, MD.

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15200 Shady Grove Road, Suite 100
Rockville, MD, 20850

Contact Information

Phone: (301) 670-1212

Shady Grove Care Hours

In addition to our office hours, we offer a 24-hour emergency answering service available to all established patients.

Monday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 6 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 6 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Appointment Only
Sunday: Closed

Additional Notes

We will not be open on Saturday, September 18, 2021

We will no longer be open on Saturdays starting in October until further notice.