Healthy Vision

Woman holding babyYour baby’s eyes will continue growing in size through his first year. Because his eyes are not fully developed, his sight is very limited. He won’t be able to fully control his eye movements or focus clearly for a while. Most newborns are nearsighted and focus on things that are 8 to 12 inches from their faces. By giving your baby simple things to look at, you can help strengthen his eye muscles. Newborns most like seeing your face, so give your baby plenty of face time.

Check with your baby’s doctor if:

  • Your baby’s eyes increasingly cross or one eye drifts.
  • Your baby’s eyes appear cloudy or filmy.
  • Your baby’s eyes don’t seem to focus on objects near his face or they wander randomly.

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