At what age can babies see?

What can newborns actually see? When is their eyesight is fully developed? We asked Dr Philippa Kaye to give us a glimpse of the world through a baby's eyes...

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When you bring your new baby home, their vision isn’t totally developed – they can see, but don’t see the world in quite the same way we do. So, how exactly does the world look to them?

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Dr Philippa Kaye told us this: “Babies can see at birth, it is just a question of what can they see! 

“At birth babies can see light, motion, faces and by a month can focus on faces about 30cm away (about the distance between them breastfeeding or bottle feeding and your face looking down at them) and can make eye contact with you. 

“Within the first few months, as their vision improves, they will be able to pick out smaller objects and see colours. Over time they develop depth perception and their vision continues to improve.”

If your newborn is cross-eyed, don’t panic – that’s actually normal.

However, Philippa says, if your baby makes no eye contact by approximately 8 weeks old or has a squint after 3 months, you should see your doctor.

Dr Philippa Kaye is a London GP who has written several books on pregnancy and childcare including The First Five Years. See www.drphilippakaye.com and follow her on twitter @drphilippakaye

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