Do You Know Your Baby's Vision Development Milestones?
The moment you laid eyes on your baby it was love at first sight. But what does your child see? Test your knowledge of how Baby’s vision development affects those adorable eyes during the first year.
Question 1 of 10
Your infant sees the world in black in white throughout his first three months. This means:
|His favorite animal is the zebra|
|He loves old movies; keep your television tuned to the classics|
He responds to black and white toys, which will aid in his visual development
You can pique your child's interest with high-contrast toys, which according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) will stimulate and promote his visual development.
|He takes a special interest in newspapers and current events|
Question 2 of 10
You notice that your baby’s eyes appear to be crossed, and your doctor informs you that the cause is pseudostrabismus. What now?:
|This means that your child is looking at his nose, so her gaze tends to converge, giving the appearance of crossed eyes|
Your child’s eyes only appear to be crossed because the bridge of her nose has not yet developed; she’ll likely outgrow it
Pseudostrabismus is simply the appearance of crossed eyes. Once your baby's facial features develop, this will disappear.
Your child should receive regular eye exams to identify or rule out possible vision problems. Serious issues may include:
|Sound the alarm—it’s a contagious infection!|
|Your baby needs corrective surgery to overcome this abnormality|
Question 3 of 10
Hindsight may be 20/20, but babies are too young to reflect on their experiences. A newborn’s vision will typically score:
|It varies dramatically based on the child|
|20/20; most infants have perfect vision|
|Between 20/15 and 20/10; vision only degenerates as people get older|
Between 20/200 and 20/400; the equivalent of seeing the big “E” on the chart
Your newborn's vision is typically between 20/200 and 20/400.
Question 4 of 10
If your child has a lazy eye, this means:
His brain favors one eye, leaving the other to wander
Lazy eye, also known as amblyopia, occurs when poor vision in one eye (which may be caused by a number of factors) causes the brain to favor the stronger eye, typically exacerbating the problem. According to the Mayo Clinic, this can often be resolved with proper treatment, but early detection is very important.
|His eye is tired; you should let it rest|
|His vision is blurry|
|That he isn’t working hard enough. Get that idle infant to look with intent!|
Question 5 of 10
By seven months your baby’s vision:
|Is X-ray, a specialized infantile ability that will disappear within weeks|
|Is so good she can see into the future|
|Regresses before getting better in the eight month|
Is as good as an adult’s
Far, far away is more than a story book line—now it describes what you child can see at seven months. By then, your baby's vision is as good as an adult's, and he can now appreciate the full range of colors.
Question 6 of 10
You may notice that your two-month-old stares intently at your face. This is because:
|He finds you beautiful|
|He is using his eyes as a way to communicate with you; one blink: yes; two blinks: no|
He can best focus on things eight to 12 inches away
Your baby can focus best on object eight to 12 inches away within his first two months, so when you hold him, he will likely stare directly into your eyes.
|He innately recognizes you as his guardian and solidifies your connection with maintained eye contact|
Question 7 of 10
Color-blindness refers to:
|Seeing the world in only black, white, and shades of gray|
|The inability to distinguish between shades of green and red|
Any of the above
Poor color vision can be manifested in any or all of these ways: Seeing the world in only black, white, and shades of gray; the inability to distinguish between shades of green and red or blue and yellow. Unfortunately, there is no treatment for color-blindness, says the Mayo Clinic, but there are coping methods which may help your child.
|The inability to distinguish between shades of blue and yellow|
Question 8 of 10
At three months, your baby will be able to track movement with her eyes. This means:
|Nothing. This is a trick question!|
|You can finally hypnotize her! Swing a pendant from side to side and mutter about clean rooms and table manners to ensure good behavior|
|She can be expected to keep watch over younger babies|
Science can now clue you in to her brain development
New technology designed to monitor eye movements clues us into the way Baby's brain develops. (Read a New York times story about this, here.) Some studies suggest that children who stare at mouths are geared toward stronger language development, and detecting autism may be related to ocular activity as well. Who knew Baby's eye movements could give us such insight?
Question 9 of 10
You’re a sight for sore eyes! At four months, your child will squeal with delight when you enter a room. This is because:
|He is trying to pump up your self-esteem|
He recognizes you
At four months your baby will recognize you and be able to see you even when you are in another part of the room. He will react to your presence with squeals or giggles. mouths are geared toward stronger language development, and detecting autism may be related to ocular activity as well. Who knew Baby's eye movements could give us such insight?
|He is generally happy|
|He can smell you|
Question 10 of 10
Your child may need glasses if:
A and B
Eye glasses can help correct a number of vision problems. Test your knowledge of the warning signs that indicate a need for glasses, and be sure Baby is getting regular eye exams from your pediatrician.
|She seems smarter than other babies|
|She rubs her eyes frequently|
|She squints excessively|
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