Parents eagerly wait for the moment when their child is born after a long wait, and they are nothing but, anxious and desperate to make an eye contact with the baby. However, your child does not make an eye contact with you right away, and it takes time to develop proper eyesight that is backed up by a focused and colored vision.
If you are expecting a child or given birth recently, you should be familiar with the vision development for kids from their birth, and learn that how it progresses over the months. Development of vision in children is more likely to take time to develop, as your babies eyesight is initially blurry and unfocused, it takes several months for your child to develop eyesight that is fully developed and fully focused.
The following timeline discusses that how the vision of your infant is in accordance with a learning process— how he can utilize a learning method to sharpen or utilize his eyesight once it is developed. It also helps you understand the development of vision in children, starting from their birth.
Vision and learning At Birth
Once your child is born, he is unable to decipher his vision immediately, and it often tends to view things in black and white. A child takes time to develop its colored vision to see the world in colors—as the nerve cells in the brain and retina responsible for controlling vision and executing colored vision are still under development at this point.
The newly born child is more likely to have an unfocused vision, and it would steer from focusing on the objects near to him. It could deeply concern few parents but, the occurrence of such scenario is highly common, and it will eradicate once the nerve cells in the retina are developed.
During the First Month
It could be challenging to determine the vision of an infant during the first month of its birth, as the color vision takes time to develop, which enables your child to see the world in various colors. On the contrary, the eye teaming and visual acuity takes time to develop in a newly born child. You might often find the eyes of your child misaligned or unfocused, which is normal.
During Months 4 to 6
At the age of 4 to 6 months, your child begins experiencing advanced and extraordinary changes, which are further facilitated by the vision centers of the brain. Such kind of development leads to your kid to see clearly and distinctly, and he tends to move his eyes rapidly to keep up with the movements of the objects in motion.
You should start taking your child to an optometrist at this point for its first eye exam. In general terms, the correct time to take your child to an optometrist occurs when your infant is 6 months old but, since their visual acuity is being developed quickly, you should take them for a check up to ensure that their vision is clear, and they are able to see properly in certain lighting conditions.
During Months 7 to 12
Once your child turns 7 months old, the chances are that it is crawling and covering a certain distance at this time. It also entails that the child is becoming more familiar with determining the distances and becoming adept in holding and throwing objects in a particular direction.
The reason behind this fact is that at this point, the infants are mounting and executing awareness over their bodies, and they are becoming familiar with coordinating their visions via their body movements. If you observe that your child has been crawling frequently lately, you should consider monitoring him to avoid the occurrence of any mishap to your child.
When is the right time to conduct an eye exam?
As a parent, you are more likely to have a gut feeling regarding the health of your baby, and it also includes knowing if there is any problem with your baby’s eyes. If you notice problems with your child’s eye health, you should not delay in taking him to a nearest pediatric optometrist for a consultation.
The American Optometric Association (AOA) highly recommends taking your infant for an immediate checkup once it is nearly six months old. At this point, your baby will not be able to take the standardized tests for an eye exam but, the optometrist can perform various tests to determine the chances of astigmatism, nearsightedness, farsightedness, eye teaming and alignment, and visual acuity in your baby.
While evaluating the eyesight and eyes health of your child, the doctor will also cater to the health and development of the baby’s eyes, for ensuring a healthy vision development in the child.
The information provided is for general information purposes only and not intended to replace professional care. Please consult your physician or optometrist for advice and diagnosis so you can be properly treated for your specific situation.
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