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About Infants Vision....

Did You Know …

  • that the vision of infants develops from birth and it affects their development in many ways.
  • infant development is not linear, but cyclic.  Children move forward and backward while reorganizing and achieving higher developmental levels.  A child rehearses this growth process throughout life.
  • infants are born with poor color vision and should develop it by the age of six months.
  • infant's eyes are generally observed as straight after birth.  If you observe an eye turn, it is important to have this evaluated as soon as possible.  The cause, which is frequently motor or sensory, can be a manifestation of an underlying disease process. Early identification and treatment of such conditions may prevent permanent vision loss.
  • infant's can see only about 6/120 after birth, but can see 6/12 by the age of one.  An awareness of self (orientation) must develop before objects can accurately be found (localization) in their world.
  • infants and toddlers are usually farsighted.  Interferences in a child's motor development can influence development of visual skills and the process of becoming less farsighted.
  • infants learn to see their world through a process in which they look, touch and explore.  Simple household items like pots and pans are a gold mine for exploration and learning.
  • vision problems are one of the leading causes of handicapping conditions in children, most of which can be detected, prevented or treated during the infant years.

 

Infant Vision Milestones

Your infant should be able to:

  • Momentarily follow an object with eyes or head by 5 weeks.
  • Bring both hands together by 8 weeks.
  • Hold and sustain direct eye contact with you by 3 months.
  • Turn both eyes together and locate near objects by 4 months.
  • Make the sounds p, b, t, d, and m by 5 months.
  • Roll over independently by 7 months.
  • Sit without support by 8 months.
  • Creep and crawl by 9 months.

 

Visual Development  Recommendations

Anytime

Talk and interact at every opportunity.  This provides time for learning, communication and eye contact.  Make sure infants have “tummy time” each day. This helps to develop neck and back muscles, which lead to the proper development of their visual systems.

 

1 Month

Hold and feed infants from alternating sides.  This encourages adequate visual development of both eyes. 

Place infants in their crib facing different directions as well as change the location of the crib so they can see the world from many different viewpoints.

 

2 Months

Allow infants to explore with their hands.  This provides many different stimuli including texture, size, weight and form.  These experiences provide them with a foundation upon which they build their knowledge.

 

4 Months

Allow infants to help hold their bottle and have clean, smooth objects available so they can explore with their mouth.  This allows the infant to reinforce learning through the different senses..

 

6 Months

Play peek-a-boo to develop memory and recall.

Tie bells on their booties so they can learn about their body through sound and movement patterns.

 


When Should Infants Have Their First Vision Examination?

 

The Answer:  By 12 Months Of Age!

A “well baby” comprehensive vision examination should take place at or before 12 months of age.  Early detection is critical in preventing and treating vision conditions that can have lifelong effects.

An evaluation should be sought sooner if you notice delays in development, if your infant has an eye that turns outward or inward (lasting more than a few seconds), or if you note excessive rubbing of the eyes.  These are indicators of abnormal visual development and should be evaluated by a developmental optometrist as soon as possible.

 


Why Should You Seek Help From a Developmental Optometrist?

As a member of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD), VisionLink is part of an organization of optometrists with special interests in infant visual development and the guidance of visual conditions found in infants, are trained to use the latest technology and techniques to provide a thorough examination of your child even if they can't communicate or you think they might be uncooperative.

 


What a Comprehensive Infant Visual Evaluation Includes

 

  • Developmental Patient History
  • Visual Acuity Assessment
  • Refractive Analysis (farsightedness, nearsightedness and astigmatism)
  • Visual Motor Development

            Eye Movements
            Eye Focusing
            Eye Teaming
            Eye-Hand Integration

  • Assessment of Eye Health


Recommendations May Include

 

  • Visual Guidance Activities
  • Developmental Vision Therapy
  • Prescribing of Lenses for Development
  • Referrals for Further Assessment and/or Treatment by Other Disciplines.

For a more extensive set of visual guidance recommendations, book an eye examination with us.