Newborn babies start with wonderful abilities to see and hear. Their vision is not as sharp as that of an adult, but newborn babies have vision that adapts as they grow. They begin by showing responses to adult faces in the earliest days of life. Babies also have amazing responses to sounds. They startle with loud noises and become quiet to their parent’s voice.
Most children grow up to have normal vision and healthy eyes. But sometimes babies and young children can have problems with vision. These problems may be due to birth defects or may be caused by the effects of prematurity and/or other diseases.
Since many eye problems occur at an early age, it is important that your child receives proper eye care. Eye care includes visual screening tests and comprehensive eye exams. Vision problems can lead to developmental problems, learning disabilities and possibly permanent loss of vision. Monitoring your child's ability to see is an important part of the health of your growing child.