Free Infant Vision Screenings at eye2eye
Here at ey2eye, Dr. Doan participates in a wonderful program that provides free vision screenings for infants 6-12 months of age called InfantSEE. We wanted to share with you a few of the great benefits of this program on the blog today. The American Optometric Association recommends scheduling your baby's first eye assessment at 6 months of age. When you come in for your visit, Dr. Doan will test for a few of the following things:
- excessive or unequal amounts of nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism
- eye movement ability
- eye health problems
While these problems are not common, early screening and detection makes it much easier to treat any vision problems. The goal of the InfantSEE program is to ensure that eye and vision care becomes an essential part of infant wellness care to improve a child's quality of life. Research shows that at 6 months of age, many of a baby's vision functions are fully developed, making this the perfect time to get their vision and eye health screened.
Here are some facts and fun exercises and activities you can do with your baby to foster their developing eyes and vision:
Birth to 2 Months
- Within a short period of time after birth, your baby's eyes will be able to focus on objects less than a foot away, like Mom's face while nursing.
- Research shows that complex shapes and high contrast targets best stimulate baby's vision - when decorating baby's room, include decor that is bright, contrasted and varied.
- Your baby is learning to look at two months old, its normal for their eyes to not always track together and should only be a concern if they are never track together.
- Stimulating both sides of the body by moving a child’s arms or legs simultaneously, as parents tend to do naturally, is helpful in fostering appropriate bilateral and binocular development.
- During the first months, your baby will start to follow moving objects with their eyes as well as reach for things. Eye hand coordination and depth perception are starting to develop as well.
- Keep reach-and-touch toys within your baby’s focus, about eight to twelve inches
- Hang a mobile above and outside the crib.
- Use a nightlight in your baby’s room.Change the crib’s position frequently and your child’s position in it.
- A trip to the optometrist! Dr. Doan will test for many vision issues as well as assess their vision. Take part in the InfantSEE program and receive a free screening.
- Let your baby explore different shapes, colors and textures with their fingers.
- Give your baby the freedom to crawl and explore.
- Play games like patty-cake or peek-a-boo.
- Your baby is mobile now, being attracted to objects in their visual environment. He is using both eyes together to judge distances, and is grasping and throwing objects with greater precision. Crawling is important for developing eye-hand-foot-body coordination.
- Give your baby stacking and take apart toys.
- Provide objects your baby can touch, hold and manipulate.
If you would like to take part in the InfantSEE program, the exam is free of cost but you do need an appointment, click here to schedule one or call our office at 703-548-0122.