Vision Development... Through Edina's Eyes Part II
In the last newsletter, I initiated a column about vision development (click here to review Part I
). Included are the “milestones” of development as Edina, my 1st
grand-child, masters them. If you see the first picture of Edina with her eyes very crossed
, her eyes straightened within the first month of life (Yes, we are very thankful).
Huge advances in vision development take place between 2-4 months. Sharper visual acuity (details) and improved eye coordination occurs.
For more pictures, videos and developmental milestones, click here
Your baby starts tracking your face and other objects more consistently
Shifts gaze from one object to another without having to move their head
Light sensitivity may be apparent
Eyes may cross or wander, but not as frequent
Brings hands to mouth
Begins to grasp for toys and objects
Pictures and videos are included as often as possible for you to really see those special moments - not as just cute times, but as a very essential part of development. Included will be a short discussion of the steps of vision development and the approximate “norms” for the milestones in not only vision, but also social, emotional language, movement and cognitive development. Developmental health watches will be noted to look for signs of possible developmental delay.
At birth, babies can’t see as well as older children or adults. Significant changes and improvements occur during the first several months of life. Remember, there is a difference between sight and vision:
merely refers to eyesight
or visual acuity.
refers to seeing, processing and responding to visual information.
Vision does not occur in the eyes, it occurs in the brain.
Development does not always progress in a smooth manner. All children develop at their own rate.
Click here to continue on the vision journey, Vision Development through Edina’s Eyes.
If your baby’s eyes still look crossed from about 4-6 months of life, it is time to take your baby in for an eye examination with a developmental optometrist
or ophthalmologist. Note that American Optometric Association (AOA) has a program called Infant See ®
. Optometrists in your area will give your infant under 1 year old a FREE vision assessment. This is a great place to start appropriate vision care for your baby.
Feel free to send questions, comments or insights on your journey of transformation.
With love and gratitude,
Lynn Fishman Hellerstein, O.D., FCOVD, FAAO
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