I have always been fascinated with how babies develop. It is so interesting to watch them grow and change and learn new skills. I didn’t realise until I had children how much their sight grows and changes in the early years. When the girls were little we bought lots of black and white toys and board books so they would be able to focus on them more clearly on those early days.

Screen Shot 2016-05-05 at 20.43.00It was hard to really imagine what it was like to see through a baby’s eyes, after all, they can’t tell you what it is like. Which was why I found it really fascinating to use Vision Direct’s new baby vision tool. This is a new interactive tool from Vision Direct which helps parents learn how their baby’s vision develops over the first year. This shows what vision is like for a ten-month-old.  At 10 months old, a baby’s eyes will be the colour that they’ll stay when she’s grown up; give or take a shade or two. Using the simple interface, parents can quickly shift from a newborn’s first view to the fully developed vision of a 12-month-old child.

  • Developed by opticians, this digital tool features a simple sliding scale to show the developmental stages of a baby’s eyesight.
  • Input your child’s age and the tool will give you some idea of what your baby’s field of vision, depth perception and colour awareness might be like.
  • As you move the slider, you’ll notice colours and objects become sharper. For instance, a newborn will see only black and white while a two-month old will see only bright primary shades.

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 Brendan O’Brien, Vision Direct’s Head Optician and Chief Operating Officer, commented on the launch of the tool:

“We hope this will help parents understand how their baby’s vision changes during this critical time for development. The tool features helpful tips on how to support your child as they learn to focus, track objects and see colours.”

Using the tool is a really fascinating reminder of how different things are for babies. It is pretty mind blowing to imagine what it is like to see through a baby’s eyes. It also reminds me how precious our vision is.

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