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Vision Through the Ages: Part 2 –Toddler Vision

Toddler Vision | Southern Vitreoretinal Associates

The toddler years are a period of rapid growth and development, and this extends to every aspect of a child’s life, including their vision. Between the ages of 2 and 5, toddlers go through significant changes in their visual abilities, which play a crucial role in their overall development.

Milestones in Your Toddler’s Vision

1. Visual Acuity: At the age of 2, toddlers have a visual acuity of 20/50 to 20/60. By the time the toddler turns 5, their visual acuity is expected to approach 20/20, like an adult. This means they can see at 20 feet what a person with normal vision can see at that distance.

2. Color Vision: At this time, toddlers are developing the ability to distinguish different colors during these years. By the age of 3, most children can identify basic colors, and by age 4, they can often name more subtle shades.

3. Depth Perception: Depth perception is developed at this age as well. Activities that involve playing with a puzzle, stacking blocks, or catching a ball can help with this skill.

4. Eye-Hand Coordination: Activities like drawing, playing with building blocks, and coloring can contribute to the development of eye-hand coordination.

With the development of your toddler, there are also common concerns that you need to be on the lookout for.

1. Strabismus: More commonly known as crossed eyes, is a condition where the eyes do not align correctly. It is normal for young children’s eyes to wander occasionally, but when it becomes persistent, you may need to seek professional attention.

2. Lazy Eye: This occurs when one eye does not develop as well as the other, leading to reduced vision in the lazy eye.

Understanding your toddler’s vision during the crucial ages of 2 and 5 is essential for their overall well-being. Being aware of developmental milestones and addressing concerns is a way to make sure that they have healthy growth in their visual abilities.

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