Your Infant’s Visual Development

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Infants develop their vision almost about the same time. Development takes place rapidly during the first three years of life. So here’s a timeline of the first year to check on how infants vision basically develops.

The first three months, babies cannot see more than 10 inches from their faces. Their eyes sometimes appear cross eyed, this is normal since there is not much eye muscle control yet. Babies do not react yet on anything that is ‘shown’.

For the fourth month, there are times that babies already follow things with their eyes and reach for them. They can usually follow with looking side wards.

At babies’ fifth month, they are already experiencing colors. This is also when they are able to reach objects quite efficiently. This is also about the time when depth is developed, then their world is moving on a three-dimensional plane.

Sixth up to ninth month, the visual development is rapid. This is also about the time when the visual and textures are associated. This is also the time when babies can already crawl that they are able to increase their ‘experience’.

First eye checkups are normally done on the sixth month. It is always wise to check with your friends, family or colleagues for reliable eye doctors for the best eye contacts

The tenth up to twelfth month is ‘polishing’ some visual development. This is the time when the depth and precision vision is well-developed. There are also some that can already pull themselves up in a standing position, thus, there is more ‘experience’. In this period, infants also improve the hand – eye coordination by using the thumb and forefinger. They are also able to throw things more accurately and judge distance fairly well. You may also play some games and have some activities that boost visual activity.

Infant’s visual development is about the same. This also means that if there are any (unusual) differences, there may be some problems with your child’s vision. Some of these may include; excessive tearing which means that there may be some tear duct problem. Another is sensitivity to light, there may be because of elevated pressure on the eye. If at five months or more, your babies’ eyes are still ‘uncontrollably’ turning, there may be a problem in the eye muscles. Red eyelids can also mean that there is an infection. Perhaps one of the most serious problems is the presence of a ‘white pupil’; this mostly likely indicates eye cancer.

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