The fetus begins to develop his eyes and ears around the 6th week of gestation and the eyelids begin to partially cover the eyes, by the 7th week. By the 10th week the eyelids are more developed and will begin to close. During the 11th-14th week, the eyelids will close and not open until the 28th week, at which time they will begin to open and close. Your baby has left the embryo stage and is now in the fetal stage. Around the 22nd week the eye lashes and eyebrows will begin to appear and will be well-formed, by the 26th week.
The newborn’s vision is very poor and can barely see 6-10″ in distance. The amount of color that the baby can see has not yet been determined. The baby vision is check, by the pediatrician, while he is still in the nursery and then during every well-child visit.
You can always check your infant eyesight, by taking a toy and placing it with the 6-10″ range to see if the baby follows it with their eyes. If you sense an infant vision problem, you should speak with the pediatrician on your next scheduled visit. They will take a penlight to examine the eyes completely, while watching to see the infant’s ability to fix on an object and follow it.
If a problem is noted, your child will be scheduled a follow up visit to a pediatric ophthalmologist.
What Causes Bad Eyesight In Children
- Drug and Alcohol Abuse During Pregnancy
- Retinopathy of Prematurity (ranges from near-normal acuity to progressive loss of vision)
- Infantile Cataracts (congenital, disease, or trauma factors)
- Infections (conjunctivitis)
- Birth Defects and Anomalies of the Iris, Lens, or Syndrome-Related
- Optic Nerve Defects (leads to reduced acuity)
- Refractive Errors
- Retinoblastoma (tumor located behind the eyeball
What Is Strabismus
Strabismus is classified, as an ocular muscle condition, in which one or both eyes will turn outward/inward or upward/downward. This all depends on which ocular muscles are affected. This must be treated, if the strabismus symptoms continues past the age 6 months, but should not be delayed past 1 year of age. The longer the condition is not treated, will decrease the prognosis of strabismus dramatically.
What is Amblyopia
Amblyopia normally only involves one eye and is better known as “lazy eye”. Diminished acuity is also noted in one or both eyes, which is linked to the abnormal development of vision. Amblyopia causes occur, when the nerve pathways between the eye and brain become compromised diminished vision acuity is inevitable. This is most often treated with glasses, as early as possible.
Infant vision problems should be treated early on, if you wish to see a good prognosis.
Croakies Unisex Child-Kids Eyewear Retainer Review
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The Croakies are available in innumerable colors and designs, so you will surely find something that suits your baby’s personality and sex. These are perfect for children between the age of 2-7 years of age or longer. They will fit snuggly on your child’s head. The Croakies measure in at 13″ L x 3/4″ W.
Croakies has also developed other retainer sizes, so you will find something to fit even the smallest infant.