One of the greatest moments of having a child is the first time your newborn daughter or son opens their eyes and makes eye contact with you. But don’t be concerned if that doesn’t happen right away.
The visual system of a newborn infant takes some time to develop. In the first week of life, babies don’t see much detail. Their first view of the world is indistinct and only in shades of gray.
It takes several months for your child’s vision to develop fully. Knowing the milestones of your baby’s vision development and what you can do to help it along can ensure your child is seeing properly and enjoying his world to the fullest.
Did you know: Infant vision starts during pregnancy? Your child’s vision development begins before birth. How you care for your own body during your pregnancy is extremely important for the development of your baby’s body and mind, including the eyes and the vision centers in the brain.
Be sure to follow the instructions your doctor gives you regarding proper nutrition, including supplements, and the proper amount of rest you need during your pregnancy. Toxins, such as alcohol and smoking can cause multiple problems for your baby, including serious vision problems.
Even taking common medications such as painkillers, over-the-counter medicines, herbal supplements and other non-prescription remedies without prior approval from your doctor can be dangerous to your baby when you are pregnant. It increases the risk of low birth weight and problems during delivery. Low birth weight has been associated with an increased risk of vision problems in infants.
Note: Always talk to your doctor before taking any medications during your pregnancy.
- Your Baby’s Eyes in the First Month
Your baby’s eyes are not very sensitive to light in the first month of life. So it’s quite alright to leave some lights on in the nursery/room. It won’t affect their ability to sleep. However keep your baby’s eyes safe and away from bright flashes/lights.
Infants start to develop the ability to see in colors very quickly. At one week after birth, they can see red, orange, yellow and green. But it takes a little longer for them to be able to see blue and violet.
Don’t be too concerned if your baby’s eyes sometimes don’t appear to be working together as a team early on. One eye may occasionally drift inward or outward from proper alignment. This is normal. But if you see a large and constant misalignment of their eyes, notify your doctor immediately.
Tips: To help stimulate your infant’s vision, decorate their room with bright, cheerful colors. Include artwork and furnishings with contrasting colors and shapes.
Keeping your appearance consistent helps your baby recognize and interact with you after birth.
Information source by: http://www.allaboutvision.com/