When he is born, your baby can see blurry shapes and distinguish between light and dark. He will focus on objects about 18 to 45 cm away, about the distance from mother’s breast to her face. Throughout the first year, your child will develop binocular vision (both eyes focused on an object) and hand-eye coordination.
  • Vision is learned. You can help your baby develop vision skills like eye tracking and hand-eye coordination by providing reach-and-touch toys, talking while you move around her, changing her view from her crib frequently, and playing games like peek-a-boo and patty cake.
  • Children who cannot speak can still have eye examinations. You should plan to have your baby’s vision tested before he is three years old, or earlier if you are concerned he may be having problems seeing.