The fist year of your baby’s life is an exciting time not only for you, but for them as well. It’s a time of discovery and learning. When it comes to your baby’s vision, there are a number of different milestones throughout the first 12 months that you will want to keep in mind.

Zero to Four Months

When you first bring your baby home from the hospital, you’ll notice that he or she may have a hard time focusing on objects and following them with their eyes. This is normal. At this stage in development babies have not yet developed the coordination to focus on anything that is 10 inches or farther away from their face.

By the second month, however, babies begin to develop the ability to focus on faces and other objects nearby. By the four-month mark, they have begun the process of fine-tuning their coordination so that they can track with their eyes and start experimenting with hand-eye coordination.
While it is normal for a baby’s eyes to wander during their first few months, if at any time you are concerned by the eyes turning inward, outward or crossing, be sure to call your local West Palm Beach eye doctor to schedule an eye exam.

Five months to Eight Months

By the time your baby turns five months, studies have shown that they are able to begin to determine the difference in colors. This is also the time when they are able to put context to different objects because they can start seeing things in three-dimension. Vision is further clarified when a baby reaches eight months of age, the time when they will start exploring the world around them by crawling.

Nine months to 1 year

By month 10 babies have even further refined their hand-eye coordination and can grasp items between their fingers. In addition to them beginning to start walking, they also have the ability to pick up items but to throw them toward a set destination.

Be sure to enjoy every minute of your baby’s first year. And don’t forget that it’s never too early to start thinking about your baby’s eye health by scheduling an appointment with your eye doctor.