How Well Can Your Baby See?

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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