Excited to be a mom! You are probably filled with many questions about the newborn. Now you magnify all the little things around the baby. You also learn that it is very important to know each and every minute change happening with the baby. The knowledge of the senses like vision, hearing, and touch is crucial. You can react to the baby accordingly and help the baby to develop the senses quick and have a healthy development. Sight occupy the primary place among the senses. Have you ever wondered when can babies see clearly? Do you have any guesses? If you are not aware, then stop wild guesses and read on to know the answer.
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When Can Babies See Clearly?
Eyes of a baby help mental, emotional and physical development from the day of his or her birth. It helps the baby to take a little information initially and gradually much more regarding the world around. To answer your question when can a baby see? It probably takes 6 months to 8 months, unlike the hearing which completely develops by the end of the first month. Around 6 – 8 months is the answer to your question when can baby see. The baby can see the world by this time as much as you can see.
Soon after the birth, the eyes are developed fully physically and can capture all the images. But, the brain cannot process all the visuals. So your baby sees the things quiet fuzzy for some time. As the brain develops, the baby is equipped with the tools necessary to process the visuals. This gives the ability to the baby to see clearly and to manage the environment. Baby starts off seeing only your face when you hold the baby closer. A range of clarity gradually increases as the month’s pass.
How does The Vision develop?
Initially, the baby cannot focus more than 8 to 12 inches. Vision is just sufficient to make out the person’s face holding it. Apart from this, baby can also detect shapes, light including movement. But the vision is dim. Your face is more fascinating for the baby followed by checkerboard as it has contrast patterns. Make sure you spend a lot of time holding the baby closer.
Between Zero And One Month
When the baby is born, it does not know how to open the eyes in tandem. Baby might have moved the eyes randomly or even crossed the eyes. By this month, or next month baby is able to consistently focus to track the movement of objects. A small rattle passed through the baby fascinate the baby as it finds the new-found ability. The baby will exchange sight with you and loves to play eye-to-eye contact with you. Try bringing your face close to the baby and moving your head from one side to the other slowly with eye contact.
Between One And Two Months
Colors are visible to the baby since the time of birth. However, baby faces difficulty in distinguishing colors of same tones say for instance orange and red. This is the reason for your baby to prefer contrast colors like black and white combination. Baby takes few more months to learn differentiating colors. Due to this, the baby prefers bright primary colors and more complicated designs. Support this development by bringing books, photos, toys, and pictures in front of the baby. By next few months, baby masters the object-tracking skills.
Between Two Months And Four Months
Deeper perception is developed now. It was tough to track until now the objects size, shape, and position. The baby would have taken little more time until now to get the message from the brain to hand and to receive instruction to grab the object. By 4 months, the baby will have both motor development and maturity of the brain to handle the things. You can offer baby lot of toys like rattle (easy to grasp things) otherwise baby is fascinated towards your glasses, earrings or hair.
Between Four Months And Five Months
Now your baby starts developing high definition (HD) vision. The baby can spot very minute items and track moving objects. Baby will now be able to recognize after seeing a small part of it. This shows the baby knows about the object permanence that is object stays even when the baby cannot see at that moment. This is one of the reasons for the baby to love playing peekaboo. Baby probably differentiates the same bold colors and to know the slight deviations in pastels.
Between Five Months And Eight Months
Baby’s vision lies between 20/200 and 20/400 at the time of birth. Now the baby is more or less adult in deep and clear perception at this time. Baby now focuses on objects close by, though it is capable to recognize objects and people in the room. Eyes of the baby are closer to the final color though there are slight changes later. Now you have a clear idea about when can a baby see. There are certain things in the next section that needs your attention.
Baby’s Vision Concerns
Doctor check the baby’s eyes during the regular visit. However, take the consent of your doctor if you notice something given below.
- If the baby fails to track the movement of any object like rattle or your face with both eyes between 3 and 4 months
- Baby expresses trouble in moving one or both of the eyes in all the directions
- Still, the baby’s eyes jiggle and cannot remain still
- In the case, if the baby’s eyes remain crossed for more time. Or either one or both of the eyes of the baby have a tendency to turn out or in.
- If one of the pupils of your baby is white
- Baby seems sensitive to light and eyes are watering persistently
Premature babies have a greater risk of developing eye problems. The eye problems may include myopia or nearsightedness, astigmatism or blurred vision, strabismus or eye misalignment and retinopathy of prematurity or abnormal growth of the blood vessel that leads to blindness. The doctor takes considers the premature status of the baby while evaluating the development of the eyes and make essential referrals.