Everything in life must be learned and that includes seeing. Infants learns to see, in the same way that they learn to hear and eventually talk. Seeing is something that is developed over time. We are born with the body parts that can allow us to see things, but the ability to make sense of what we see comes to us gradually. Visual information captured by the eye is transmitted to the brain and we make sense of the information as we learn how to use the information.
0 to 4 Months
At birth, babies who are born with no eye problems can see, but what they see is blurry. They have not yet developed the ability to focus and their brains have not yet learned to differentiate one object from another. They will eventually learn this at one month. At one month, they can now concentrate their eyes and are able to track objects. It is during this time that they learn how to concentrate on faces. They usually tend to look at their parents faces. The ability to recognize in some way starts to set in.
At this stage, some babies’ eyes start to get crossed. This is quite normal and should not cause alarm. However, should you see this happening to your child, it is best to consult with your doctor so that your baby will not develop strabismus or misalignment of the eye. You should also see a doctor if you see an unusual eye movement as this may be a sign of neurological problem or other conditions.
5 to 8 Months
From 5 months to 8 months, the eye and hand coordination should have improved quite significantly. Infants should then be able to reach out and grab things that they find interesting. It is common for them to see things, grab it and put it in their mouth. This shows that they now have the ability to understand dimensions. They can make sense of depth and distance. They know if they should crawl to get their toy or simply reach out and grab it.
9 to 12 Months
By 9 months, some babies are already starting to stand while others are starting to walk. At this stage, babies should have learned the size of objects. They will use their finger and thumb to pick up small object while they will use their hand for grabbing larger objects. If your baby is not an early walker, do not worry. Take advantage of the benefit of crawling, which is better eye and hand coordination.
1 to 2 Years Old
By the age of two, if your child has good vision, he should be able to have good eye and hand coordination, can understand depth and can match information. They should now be able to see and understand that dogs bark or the phone rings.
A regular eye checkup is necessary to ensure that your child will have healthy vision. You can bring your child to Sugarland Eye & Laser Center, the leading laser eye surgery LASIK center in Houston if any concerns about their eye sight should crop up.
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