At birth, babies have very limited eyesight. They can only really see things that are quite close to them, everything else is a blur.
Over the first 6 -12 months of life, connections between the eyes and the brain develop – including the ability to see in 3D – and this development continues until the age of about 7 or 8 years old.
The eyes do continue to change after this, but the so called “hard wiring” that gives the eyes the potential to see well, is pretty much cemented by the age of 8 years old.
Development of this hard wiring happens through regular visual stimulation.
If there is anything that prevents the eyes from seeing, like a squint, or a significant prescription, then these connections between the eyes and the brain will not develop and the child will have limited vision throughout their life.
It is therefore extremely important to ensure that your child has regular eye examinations from an early age.
At Alfred Jay Opticians, we strongly encourage all parents to ensure that their children have their eyesight tested regularly.
Sunglasses do for the eyes what sun cream does for the skin – i.e. protects from damage.
At Alfred Jay Opticians we have an exclusive range of Bollé sunglasses for children and an Australian range of sunglasses for babies and children aged 0-10 years called Baby Banz.