Your baby will be able to see pretty clearly by the time he or she is about 12 months, but baby’s vision won’t be fully developed until he or she is between 3 and 5 years old.
A baby’s vision improves dramatically over the first year. At birth an infant can detect light and motion, then can make out faces and large shapes. By the end of the first month, your baby can focus on objects that are about 12 inches away and will be able to finally make some eye contact.
By the time your baby is around 3 to 4 months old, he can distinguish between colours, is able to focus on smaller objects and can focus on objects that are up to 3 feet away. He or she is also able to watch activity around him or her. They finally develop their tracking, which you are able to test by moving an object from side to side.
By 4 months old, If your baby doesn’t look at moving objects, or if he seems to have trouble moving one or both eyes in any direction, talk to your doctor. Your baby will have a basic vision check on their routine assessments, but a more thorough assessment won’t be done until they are 3 to 5 years old.
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