Your Baby’s Developing Eyes: The First Two Months
You can give your baby the best start to healthy eyes by taking care of yourself with great prenatal care and nutrition.
After your baby arrives, bright colors and shapes in the baby’s room helps generate interest as they take in their new environment.
Babies’ eyes are drawn to new objects, so be change the location of items one in a while and a nightlight provide visual stimulation when the baby is awake in bed in the evenings.
While children should be put down to sleep on their backs to reduce the chance of SIDS, they should have supervised time on their stomach. This provides important visual and motor experiences.
When you look into your babies eyes, you’ll see their eye color begin to change. Most Caucasian babies are born with bluish eyes because the pigment that determines eye color is scattered thinly in newborns. The iris, or the colored part of the eye with the pupil in the middle, contains most of the pigment cells that determine the color of the eye.
As the child grows, the pigment is distributed throughout the iris, and the brownish pigment begins to dominate. The process can take several months, and is determined by genetics, with brown eyes the dominant trait.
Baby’s First Eye Exam: The InfantSEE® Program
Vision Optical offers eye examinations for infants as part of the InfantSEE® program. We encourage parents to include a trip to the optometrist on the list of well-baby check-ups. Assessments at six to twelve months of age can determine healthy development of vision. Early detection of eye conditions is the best way to ensure a baby has healthy vision for successful development-now and in the future.
InfantSEE®, a public health program, managed by Optometry Cares® – The AOA Foundation, is designed to ensure that eye and vision care becomes an integral part of infant wellness care to improve a child’s quality of life. Under this program, AOA optometrists provide a comprehensive eye and vision assessment, at no charge, for infants within the first year of life, regardless of a family’s income or access to insurance coverage.
If you would like to learn more, visit the InfantSEE® website.