Infant Vision Development. A lifetime of experience awaits your child. Yet you probably already know that your infant’s vision is still developing in the first several months of life. Parents can do several things to help that development process.
Your baby needs his first vision screening by 6 months of age. Early detection and treatment of vision problems can reduce the chance of long term complications. Parents should look for any unusual spots on the pupil or if the eyes turn in or out. Additionally, your child should recognize your face when you walk into a room.
Hand-eye coordination and depth perception develop throughout the first four months of life, allowing your infant to follow moving objects with the eyes and grasp for items randomly and more precisely.
Helpful techniques for Infant Vision Development:
- Using a nightlight or other dim lamp in the room.
- Keeping reach-and-touch toys about eight to twelve inches from your baby’s eyes.
- Moving the crib and changing your child’s position often.
- Talking to your baby as you walk around the room.
- Switching between your baby’s right and left sides while feeding.
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Your baby should start turning from side to side and using her arms and legs between four and eight months. Improvements in the ability to concentrate with both eyes, as well as in the synchronization of eye movement with the rest of the body, are noticeable. Let your baby use their fingers to explore various shapes and textures; allow your baby to crawl and explore; hang toys over the crib; and play “patty cake” and “peek-a-boo” with your baby.
Your infant will likely start to crawl and pull themselves up between eight and twelve months. As part of infant vision development, babies learn to put together what they see with both eyes, they can judge distances better and grab and throw things more accurately. Encourage crawling rather than early walking to help your baby develop eye-hand-foot-body coordination. Give toys or something your baby can touch, grasp, and view at the same time.
Your child’s eye-hand coordination and depth perception will continue to improve between one and two years old. You can promote walking by providing building blocks, balls, and simple puzzles. Let them climb and explore indoors and outdoors.
Your kid should get an eye checkup with an optometrist again when they are three years old and before they start school unless you or your eye doctor see a need for earlier examinations.
As a parent, you can do many more things to help your child’s eyes grow and stay healthy. Monitoring your infant vision development is a great way to determine if your child has an eye problem.
Set an appointment with our eye doctors in Crystal Lake, Illinois and ask if they have other suggestions when it comes to your infant vision development.
Dr. Jeffrey Porter, OD PC and his associates provide quality eye exams in Crystal Lake, Woodstock, Harvard, IL, and surrounding communities.
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