Your baby has a whole
lifetime to see and learn. But did you
know your baby also has to learn to see?
As a parent, there are many things that
you can do to help your baby's vision
At about six months of age, you should
take your baby to your eye doctor for his or her first thorough
eye examination. Things that the
optometrist will test for include
excessive or unequal amounts of
nearsightedness, farsightedness, or
The doctor will also test eye movement
ability as well as check for eye health
problems. These problems are not common,
but it is important to identify children
who have them at this stage. Vision
development and eye health problems can
be more easily corrected if treatment is
Unless you notice a need, or your eye
doctor advises you otherwise, your
child's next examination should be
around age three and then again before
he or she enters school.
During the first four
months of life, your baby should begin
to follow moving objects with their eyes
and reach for things, first by chance
and later more accurately as hand-eye
coordination and depth perception begin
To help, use a nightlight or other dim
lamp in your baby's room; change the
crib's position frequently and your
child's position in it. Keep
reach-and-touch toys within your baby's
focus, about eight to twelve inches.
Also talk to your baby as you walk
around the room; alternate right and
left sides with each feeding; and hang a
mobile above and outside the crib.
Between four and eight months, your baby
should begin to turn from side to side
and use his or her arms and legs. Eye
movement and eye/body coordination
skills should develop further and both
eyes should focus equally.
Enable your baby to explore different
shapes and textures with his or her
fingers; give your baby the freedom to
crawl and explore; hang objects across
the crib; and play "patty cake" and
"peek-a-boo" with your baby.
From eight to twelve months, your baby
should be mobile now, crawling and
pulling himself or herself up. He or she
will begin to use both eyes together and
judge distances and grasp and throw
objects with greater precision. To
support development don't encourage
early walking - crawling is important in
coordination; give your baby stacking
and take-apart toys; and provide objects
your baby can touch, hold and see at the
From one to two years, your child's
eye-hand coordination and depth
perception will continue to develop and
he or she will begin to understand
abstract terms. Things you can do are
encourage walking; provide building
blocks, simple puzzles and balls; and
provide opportunities to climb and
explore indoors and out.
There are many other affectionate and
loving ways in which you can aid your
baby's vision development. Use your
creativity and imagination. Ask your
eye doctor to suggest other
Appelman Eye Associates is
located in St. Peters Missouri
Dr. Appelman, Dr. Carenza, and the caring staff provide personalized 'One-on-One' eye care.
We have earned our reputation by
providing the finest in eye health care,
eyewear, and contact lenses at
We will make every effort to take a
complete approach to your eye care.
This means that we will take the time to not
only understand your eye health and visual
needs, but your general health, lifestyle,
and dietary habits as well. This is somewhat
rare in health care today, but we think you
will find it to be a refreshing change.
Seeing 20/20 doesn't necessarily mean your eyes are healthy. Many eye problems can only be detected during a thorough eye exam. Our eye doctors uses
the latest innovative diagnostic equipment to detect even the smallest changes in your vision and eye health. We will evaluate your risk factors for diseases of the eye. It's important to know that diseases of the eye can also be an indicator of general health issues.
Schedule your Eye health and Vision appointment today with our experienced eye care providers at our
St. Peters Missouri office and give your vision the level of care and attention it deserves.