I knew babies couldn’t see clearly when they were young, but I always thought they could she everything clearly by the time they were around 4 months old. Well, it seems that I was quite a few months off, has a baby vision isn’t fully developed until there are a year old. I was really surprised at this. Vision Direct has made an interactive tool to help parents understand and learn about how their baby’s vision develops over their first year of life.

· Developed by opticians, this digital tool features a simple sliding scale to show the developmental stages of a baby’s eyesight.

· Input your child’s age and the tool will give you some idea of what your baby’s field of vision, depth perception and colour awareness might be like.

· As you move the slider, you’ll notice colours and objects become sharper. For instance a newborn will see only black and white while a two-month old will see only bright primary shades.

How well can your baby see? View Vision Direct’s interactive tool here



How well can your baby see? - newborn

A newborn sees shapes, light and movement, but only in shades of grey.

How well can your baby see? - 6 months

A 6 month old baby can move her eyes quickly to follow moving objects and is beginning to understand object permanence.

How well can your baby see? - 10 months

At 10 months old, a baby’s eyes will be the colour that they’ll stay when she’s grown up; give or take a shade or two.


Brendan O’Brien, Vision Direct’s Head Optician and Chief Operating Officer, commented on the launch of the tool:

“We hope this will help parents understand how their baby’s vision changes during this critical time for development. The tool features helpful tips on how to support your child as they learn to focus, track objects and see colours.”

Vision Direct hopes parents can refer to this tool as their baby grows and use this resource to encourage healthy development.

As well as being the leading online retailer of contact lenses in Europe, Vision Direct is committed to being a leading resource for eye health and information.

For more information, follow Vision Direct on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Did the results of the slider surprise you? Did you think that your baby could see more clearly, at a younger age, like I did? 


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14 comments on “How Well Can Your Baby See?”

  1. I have twins and I didn’t even know about this. I always thought the same, that they already see clearly at 3-4 months. I am way off. Lol. It’s good to learn a thing or two everyday!

  2. I remember buying only red and black stuff for my son when he was a newborn. I read that those were the only colors they could actually see. I find that its a delight that there are so many studies now that helps parents.

  3. I knew there were differences in how well babies can see at different ages – not from what I remember of my own kids, since they are adults now – but from watching my two granddaughters develop and grow over the past 3 1/2 years. The graphic and slider really help emphasize those differences!

  4. Wow – fun share! I always run across things that I think briefly “hey that would be fun to share” and then I get distracted and guess what – no share! I am such a terrible blogger! This is fun – technology so awesome. I was always reading and really sensitive to my babies, but this would have been really helpful for my skeptical husband. He would NEVER listen to me – and I always came out right!! 😉

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