Your baby slowly learns to focus the eyes and use them together. It will take some time to learn how to use visual information to understand the world around your little one.
It will probably take around six to eight months for your baby to be able to see the world almost like you do.
Babies eyes are capable of seeing things from their birth, but their brains are not able to process the complex information, so it will be all fuzzy in the beginning. But with the development of the brain, they are able to see things more clearly.
Newborn to 4 months: The eyes will not be able to focus on objects that are more than eight to ten inches away from the baby’s face. However, the eyes will start to work together. The baby’s hand-eye coordination will develop as s/he will start tracking moving objects with eyes and reach for them, which will begin at around three months of age.
5 to 8 months: During this period, the hand-eye coordination will be improving. Baby’s ability to judge an object, whether it is nearby or far away, will develop at this time. S/he will be able to see three-dimensional view of the world, and is expected to have a good vision of colour by this time.
9 to 12 months: The baby will be using his eyes and hands together. With the improvement of the vision s/he will probably be able to pull himself/herself up to a standing position and should be able to grasp objects with the thumb and forefinger. By this time the little one should be crawling and trying to walk too. You should encourage the baby to crawl first, before walking. This will help him/her to get better at hand-eye coordination. S/he will also be able judge distance and will try to throw objects with better sense of direction.
13 to 24 months: This is the time your baby’s hand-eye coordination and understanding of objects will be developed. S/he should be able to easily recognize familiar objects, pictures and toys. It may be possible for the baby to be able to scribble with crayons at this age.
The doctor will check your baby’s eyes during the routine visits. However, if you find something that does not seem right, consult about the doctor. For example, if your baby is not being able to track and follow objects at the age of around 4 months, or if s/he is having problem to move his eyes in all directions, medical prognosis is advisable to ascertain whether it is a developmental delay or an issue with the child’s vision.