Everything You Need to Know About Infant Eye Exams

March 31, 2020

Do you sometimes wonder what your baby is seeing, and if their eyes are working properly? In the following article we’ll go through everything you need to know about vision in the first six months of your baby’s life, what symptoms you should keep an eye out for, and what your Calgary eye doctor actually tests during their first infant eye exam.


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What does my baby see?

  Your baby sees shadows and movements in the first month of their life, with focus mostly assigned around your face and its immediate surroundings. Within several months their vision expands to across the room, and they’re seeing sharper form, shape and detail. The central area of vision in the eye is called the macula. The highly sensitive receptors in this area are actually developing even after birth, and throughout the critical development period till six years of age! Because of this, it’s essential that your child’s eyes are assessed during that time to ensure there are no limitations to their development. Have you booked your infant’s first eye exam yet? Once they reach six months old it’s recommended they see their Calgary optometrist for their first visit.  

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How do I know if something might be wrong with my baby’s sight?

  Your baby’s visual system is developing even after birth, including the eye muscle and focusing system, tearing system, and many other parts of the eye. Please book an exam with your Calgary optometrist if you notice any of the following:

Have you noticed any of the above issues happening with your baby? Contact us today and book them in for a Calgary infant eye exam.  

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What can I do to help my baby’s vision development?

There are a number of things you can do to help your baby’s vision develop. These include:


How does my Calgary optometrist check my baby’s eyes?

We look forward to seeing you and your child for their first eye exam once they reach the age of six months, and annually after that.  

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  At My Optometrist Calgary, we have three eye clinics in Calgary to make access to vision care as convenient and simple as possible! To find out more about how our highly trained optometrists can help diagnose and treat AMD in a timely manner to prevent any loss of vision, you can book an appointment online. Alternatively, you can contact our clinics at 403-256-0606 (Health First Optometry), 403-291-0923 (Sunridge Vision Centre), or 403-443-2040 (Three Hills Optometry).

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