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What is the typical course of a newborn's sight development?
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Gradual
If your baby is normal then eyesight starts to develop when the eyes are open.
There is a constant communication between the signal from the eyes and the brain which interprets the signal. This takes place over several years but there is continuous improvement in the normal. If there is a problem, you should see your pediatric ophthalmologist as soon as you can to protect the sight.

In brief: Gradual
If your baby is normal then eyesight starts to develop when the eyes are open.
There is a constant communication between the signal from the eyes and the brain which interprets the signal. This takes place over several years but there is continuous improvement in the normal. If there is a problem, you should see your pediatric ophthalmologist as soon as you can to protect the sight.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Gradual
If your baby is normal then eyesight starts to develop when the eyes are open.
There is a constant communication between the signal from the eyes and the brain which interprets the signal. This takes place over several years but there is continuous improvement in the normal. If there is a problem, you should see your pediatric ophthalmologist as soon as you can to protect the sight.

In brief: Gradual
If your baby is normal then eyesight starts to develop when the eyes are open.
There is a constant communication between the signal from the eyes and the brain which interprets the signal. This takes place over several years but there is continuous improvement in the normal. If there is a problem, you should see your pediatric ophthalmologist as soon as you can to protect the sight.
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Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Starts at 20/400
And moves to 20/25 by about 6 months of age.
Newborns only perceive shades of gray, but by middle of the first month they are seeing color (although see contrast best, thats why they like those black and white pics!) vision exam is part of well child checks, but if you have a family history of eye problems (cataracts, amblyopia or strabismus) bring your child to an eye dr before age 1.

In brief: Starts at 20/400
And moves to 20/25 by about 6 months of age.
Newborns only perceive shades of gray, but by middle of the first month they are seeing color (although see contrast best, thats why they like those black and white pics!) vision exam is part of well child checks, but if you have a family history of eye problems (cataracts, amblyopia or strabismus) bring your child to an eye dr before age 1.
Dr. Laura Webb
Dr. Laura Webb
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Dr. Gregory Liptak
Pediatrics
In brief: Near to normal
A full term newborn can see things–especially faces–best when they are between 7 and 12 inches away from their eyes.
Like kittens, if an infant’s vision is obstructed, for example by a cataract, for 12 weeks or more, the vision may never return to that eye even if the obstruction is removed after that time. That is why it is so important to get regular eye screening during infancy. As the infant g.

In brief: Near to normal
A full term newborn can see things–especially faces–best when they are between 7 and 12 inches away from their eyes.
Like kittens, if an infant’s vision is obstructed, for example by a cataract, for 12 weeks or more, the vision may never return to that eye even if the obstruction is removed after that time. That is why it is so important to get regular eye screening during infancy. As the infant g.
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