We assume our children will have normal vision, but for some, that will not be the case. It is estimated that up to 1 in 4 school age children will have some visual abnormality. In order for the visual system to work perfectly, many developmental milestones must fall perfectly into place. For instance, your infant’s eye coordination typically develops around the 8th week of life. Being able to follow a moving object typically occurs by the 3rd months of life. Focusing ability, depth perception and color vision are also developing, but it takes close to 5 years before these abilities are well established. None of this however, is a sure bet. If your child’s eye wanders, you will probably notice this problem (which can cause so called “lazy eye”), but even the most attentive parent probably won’t detect a focusing or tracking abnormality, which could certainly make reading and learning more challenging to overcome.
Learn more about visual difficulties by clicking on this link (link to refractive errors). Because vision problems are more prevalent than most people realize, the new health care laws have made vision coverage a mandatory new benefit through age 19. The docs at Plaza Lane Optometry (and the American Optometric Association) recommend having a well baby check-up between 6-12 months of age, followed by routine exams every 2 years if development is proceeding smoothly. Plaza Lane Optometry provides a unique service called InfantSee and is sponsored by the American Optometric Association . We provide a complimentary well baby visual screening for infants 6-12 months of age. Call us to schedule an appointment for your infant, child or you. We want to help you maximize your vision.
Infants are born with an underdeveloped visual system. Seeing is something that your baby learns to do better with practice. From the early days of seeing movement of light and dark patterns, to learning to reach, grasp and eventually aim the eyes correctly, babies’ eyes are in constant and rapid development.
Most infants’ development proceeds smoothly, gradually increasing in acuity, motor skills, focusing, and keen depth perception. However, a number of factors can prevent this from happening properly.
Strabismus and amblyopia are two conditions that can frequently be avoided when early intervention takes place. As your child grows, he or she will usually not be able to determine if their vision is sub-par. The way they see is the way they are accustomed to seeing. Poor eye movement skills, poor focusing, differences between the two eyes, reduced depth perception, etc. will all appear normal to a child. The American Optometric Association recommends vision exams at ages 6 to 12 months, 3 years and again at age 5 for routine evaluation.
Did you know that we offer a free vision examination to all infants age six to twelve months? We are proud to be providers for the InfantSEE® program sponsored by the American Optometric Association.