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What can my baby see during the first year of life?

A baby’s vision develops very quickly during the first year of life.

  • At birth babies don’t have normal adult vision, but they can see.
  • Newborns can see large shapes and faces, as well as bright colors.
  • By 3 to 4 months most babies can focus on a variety of smaller objects and can tell the difference between colors (especially red and green).
  • By 4 months a baby’s eyes should be working together. This is when babies begin to develop depth perception (binocular vision).
  • By 12 months a child’s vision reaches normal adult levels.

Keep in mind that each child’s vision develops at his or her own rate but the overall pattern of development is the same. Because a baby’s vision develops quickly during the first year of life, your child’s doctor will check your baby’s eyes at each well-child visit. Even after the first year, regular eye exams by your child’s doctor are important to identify problems that may arise later in childhood.

 

Last Updated
8/7/2013
Source
Your Child's Eyes (Copyright © 2005 American Academy of Pediatrics, Updated 11/2011)
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