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Vision Development From Birth To Two Years Old
We wanted to take a moment and highlight some of the development milestones in a newborn to 24 month old's vision.
- Birth To 4 Months - The baby can only see about 8-10 inches in front of it's face. Babies should begin to follow moving objects with their eyes and begin to reach for them at 3 months.
- 5 To 8 Months - Depth perception begins to develop as the baby can tell things that are closer and farther away. It is generally believed that babies have good color vision by 5 months.
- 9 To 12 Months - By now, babies should be using their eyes and hands together. They can also judge distances fairly well and and throw things with precision.
- 1 To 2 Years Old - By two years old a child's hand-eye coordination and depth perception should be well developed. They should recognize familiar objects and pictures and can scribble with a crayon or pencil.
Of course every child is different. They all tend to hit developmental milestones in their own time and that's why these are just average milestones. You do not need to worry if your child is behind. However, if your child is experience symptoms like: excessive tearing, red or encrusted eyelids, constant eye turning, extreme sensitivity to light, or an appearance of a white pupil, contact your pediatrician or optometrist immediately.
If you have more questions don't hesitate to contact the Gordy EyeCare team
. We're here to help!
Information taken from: The American Optometric Associationimage credit: Ali Moradmand on flickr