Tuesday, 31 May 2016

My Baby's Vision | What Can She See?

Since our beautiful baby girl has come along, it's her vision that has fascinated us the most (other than trying to make her smile). I found that if Aaron or Daddy were behind the changing mat, she would crane her head to see them, even turning her head left and right. She's always want to look in the direction of Aaron's voice. He was her firm favourite before Daddy and I got a look in. I think his noise found its way to the womb and she was like "oooh here he is in the flesh" but she considered me a constant, so would never do that with me. Well, she finally started to at about 9 weeks.


Back in February, she only ever had eyes for Aaron - he was definitely her hero and still is!
I remember the first time her vision was long. Instead of looking at me because I was right in front of her, she looked at me across the room. It certainly stopped me in my tracks. I was at the sitting room door about to go upstairs and she looked across at me. I happened to have the camera in my hand (as a blogger you tend to more often than not) so quickly got a snap before she looked away. It really felt like a milestone.
Now, at 4 months, we always know whether she can see us or not, as when we smile she *always* smiles back. Unless she's teething of course, which she has been for the past 5 days (the red cheeks, the red bottom, the howling and the teething powder, oh and the frquent wakes at night)!

When Aaron gets home from school the first thing he always wants to see is his Sister - they're as thick as thieves despite the age difference.
Because we are so fascinated by what she can or can't see it was so great to get hold of Vision Direct’s New Digital Tool  that helps parents learn about baby sight. The new interactive tool helps us parents get an insight ;-) into what our baby may or may not see in his/her first year.


There's a slider tool, which means you can move from a visual representation of a newborn's view right the way through to a developed 12 month old baby.
  • 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.
Now this I find fascinating as I always thought babies could only see black, white and red,  but it turns out it is primary colours. No wonder toys come in the bright colours that they do then!
Baby Sight

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.”

Vision Direct hopes parents can refer to this tool as their baby grows and use this resource to encourage healthy development. As well as being the leading online retailer of contact lenses in Europe, Vision Direct is committed to being a leading resource for eye health and information.


I'll never forget the first time I got a proper look at her eyes. She was 4 days old and it was very emotional:


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Fas forward to the current day and she's a very alert baby indeed.
 

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