Mummy and Me Magazine August 2014 September 2014 - Page 12

Birth & Beyond What can my baby see?... Information on what to expect from your baby’s first blinks to their school education. Your baby’s eyesight - WHAT TO EXPECT F rom those adorable first blinks after delivery, your baby’s eyesight undergoes a rapid development. At birth, your baby sees only black and white, with some shades of grey, and as time goes by their colour vision will develop. There are many products on the market from books to sensory toys that offer bold black and white patterns for exactly this reason! You may notice that your baby’s eyes occasionally roll and sometimes away from each other. This is absolutely normal, however if you have any concerns or they begin to squint a lot then you should discuss this with your Health Visitor, Midwife or GP. If necessary they can then refer you to an Orthoptist or Ophthalmologist (specialists in patterns in books and Babies who are born on toys are great prematurely are more stimulation! likely to have problems with their hearing and eyesight. A common problem is a condition called Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP). This is a condition associated with the excessive oxygen during early weeks of a premature baby’s life. A full term baby has oxygen carefully regulated by the placenta helping to develop the retina (light sensitive lining of the eye). When a baby is born prematurely, it is hard to regulate the level of oxygen they receive. Babies born at less than 32 weeks gestation are most at risk. You can find more information at www.ropard.org (Retinal Research for Children and Adults). Photography courses for Mums and Dads... Learn how to take fantastic photos of your children. Come on one of our half day workshops or book a one to one lesson. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for free photography tips and inspiration. www.loveyourlens.com t: 07868 750505 12 | children’s eyes). All babies Something will have their eyes checked at birth and then to consider... at around 6 weeks of Newborns see in Black age. and White so contrasting WWW.MUMMYANDMEMAGAZINE.CO.UK At birth, babies may not be able to focus their vision. Again, this is a skill that they develop as time progresses over the first few months of their life. At around 2 weeks of age you should be able to notice your baby following y