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There is no one who can have a more immediate impact on a child’s vision than a parent. See the different stages of vision development based on a child’s age. Ideal for children of all ages.

Vision Skills at Different Ages
Expected Visual Performance

Birth to 6 weeks of age:
Stares at surroundings when awake
Momentarily holds gaze on bright light or bright objects
Blinks at camera flash
Eyes and head move together
One eye may seem turned in at times

8 weeks to 24 weeks:
Eyes begin to move more widely with less head movement
Eyes begin to follow moving objects or people (8-12 weeks)
Watches parent’s faces when being talked to (10-12 weeks)
Begins to watch own hands (12-16 weeks)
Eyes moving in active inspection of surroundings (18-20 weeks)
While sitting, looks at hands, food, bottle (18-24 weeks)
Now looking for, and watching, more distant objects (20-28 weeks)

30 weeks to 48 weeks
May turn eyes inward while inspecting hands or toys (28-32 weeks)
Eyes more mobile and move with little head movement (30-36 weeks)
Watches activities around him or her for longer periods of time (30-36 weeks)
Looks for toy he or she has dropped (32-38 weeks)
Visually inspects toys he or she can hold (38-40 weeks)
Creeps after favorite toy when seen (40-44 weeks)
Sweeps eyes around room to see what is happening (44-48 weeks)
Visually responds to smiles and voices of others (40-48 weeks)
More and more visual inspection of objects and persons (46-52 weeks)

12 Months to 18 Months
Now using both hands and visually steering hand activity (12-14 months)
Visually interested in simple pictures (14-16 months)
Often holds objects very close to eyes to inspect (14-18 months)
Points to objects or people using words look or see (14-18 months)
Looks for and identifies pictures in books (16-18 months)

24 months to 36 months
Occasionally visually inspects without needing to touch (20-24 months)
Smiles, facial brightening when views favorite objects and people (20-24 months)
Likes to watch movement of wheels, egg beaters, etc. (24-28 months)
Watches own hand while scribbling (26-30 months)
Visually explores and steers own walking and climbing (30-36 months)
Watches and imitates other children (30-36 months)
Can now begin to keep coloring on the paper (34-38 months)
Reads pictures in books (34-38 months)

40 Months to 48 Months
Brings head and eyes close to page of book while inspecting (40-44 months)
Draws and names circle and cross on paper (40-44 months)
Can close eyes on request, and may be able to wink one eye (46-50 months)

4 years to 5 years
Uses eyes and hands together well and with increasing skill
Moves and rolls eyes in an expressive way
Draws and names pictures
Colors within lines
Cuts and pastes quite well on simple pictures
Copies simple forms and some letters
Can place small objects in small openings
Passes all the milestones described on preceding pages
Visually alert and observant of surroundings
Tells about places, objects or people seen elsewhere
Shows increasing visual interest in new objects and places

Remember, the ages shown here are approximate because children develop at different rates. However, if you have concerns about whether your child’s vision is developing appropriately, consider scheduling a functional vision exam.

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