Visual Development with Your Sarasota/Venice Area Optometrists
If you are a new parent, it is important to understand what your child's visual milestones should be as they age. This can help you to determine if something may be possibly wrong or when you should bring them in to a pediatric optometrist to have their eyes looked at. Here is some information you should know about your child's visual development and what course of action you have if they are not visually developing correctly.
Visual Developmental Milestones
When your infant is one month old, they should be able to follow an object with their eyes. By the time they are two months old, they should be able to bring their hands together to try to grab or touch an object they see. By four months old, your baby should be able to turn their eyes to focus on items nearby. By the age of 9 months, your infant should be able to roll, crawl and creep towards items and toys that they see. During the 12 to 18 month time period, your child should be able to begin scribbling and fitting shapes into objects, which both require their vision. And between 18 to 24 months, they should be able to build items and take things together and apart.
When Children Don't Meet Milestones
If your child is not meeting their milestones, you will want to schedule an appointment with the child's pediatrician. There are a number of reasons why a child may not be meeting their developmental milestones. But, if you or the doctor suspect that their vision may be causing them to not meet their milestones, you will want to schedule an appointment with a pediatric optometrist. If it is confirmed that your child has visual impairments, visual therapy will be needed.
What is Visual Therapy?
Visual therapy involves strengthening your child's vision so they can overcome their impairments. This can be done a number of different ways depending on what your child's impairment is and its cause. Items that can be used include balance boards, electronic instruments, filters, lenses, occluders, patches, prisms, specially adapted computers and timing mechanisms. All of these tools can be used to help strengthen your child's vision so it can naturally improve to the best possible level.
Learn More About Vision Therapy
If your child is not meeting all of their visual milestones or you suspect they may not be, let our optometrist, Dr. Michael Orwasky help. If you are in the Osprey, Sarasota, and Venice, Florida area, Family Eye Care & Vision Therapy is the perfect pediatric eye doctor for your child's needs. Call us today at (941) 966-6700 to schedule an appointment today.