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Eye Focus and Tear Production

As an infant’s brain matures and their eye muscles coordinate and strengthen, the world around them expands.

Eye Expressions

Newborns are only able to follow and track objects that are within their limited field of vision. As an infant’s field of vision expands, you will notice that an infant looks around their environment more. They may focus on an object that is close to them, then transfer their gaze to a picture on the wall. You will notice that an infant is now able to follow you as you walk around the room. They may show displeasure if you leave the room.

It is common for infant’s eyes to appear crossed, or not to be in line, at times. If this does not rectify itself by three months of age, you should have their eyes evaluated at the pediatrician.

You will notice your baby’s vision is expanding by watching his or her eyes. Eyes will widen as the baby becomes interested, or frightened, of things they have never seen before. When a familiar object and an unfamiliar object are held up to an infant, the infant will generally spend more time gazing at the new object.

How to Stimulate a Baby’s Vision

You can stimulate a baby's mind and check for vision problems at the same time. If you suspect your infant has a vision problem you should have him or her professionally evaluated.

Tips to stimulate a baby's vision:

  • Hold your face up to the infant’s face. Slowly move back and move your face from side to side. An infant’s eyes should follow your movements.
  • By the time an infant is three months of age, they should be able to focus on objects at a distance. Stand approximately six to eight feet from your infant. He or she should react to you as you smile and move to the right and left.

Tear Production

Infants will start producing tears between two and three months of age. Some children are born with blocked or narrow tear ducts. This usually corrects itself within the first twelve months of life. However, you should notify your baby’s pediatrician if he or she is not producing tears by three months of age.

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