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Vision of baby: he sees me how?

Vision of baby: he sees me how?


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The vision of infants is approximate. But even if your toddler lives in a certain blur, he is already capable of beautiful visual performances.

Of course, during his first days of life, your newborn spends most of his time sleeping. But do not imagine that he sees nothing the rare moments when he opens his eyes: he sees badly, but he sees!

A vision not completely developed

At birth, your baby's visual system is far from mature.

  • The photosensitive cells of his eyes are not yet dense enough. The cones, especially, specialized in the vision of colors and fine details, are missing.
  • The vitreous humor, a gelatinous substance between the crystalline lens and the retina, is not yet completely translucent.
  • Since the optic nerve is not yet covered with myelin, the transmission of visual information to brain areas is imperfect.
  • The lens is still rigid, preventing the eye from accommodating.
  • Gradually, in the months following birth, the maturation of his eye and his visual nervous system will undergo a sharp boost. At 4 months, the visual abilities of a toddler are much closer to those of an adult than those of the newborn. Patience then, little mole will quickly become a real lynx! And around 6-7 years, his vision will be definitively established.

He sees exactly how?

  • Your baby sees blurry, near and far.
  • He perceives the details badly because his visual acuity is sixty times lower than that of an adult.
  • If he is sensitive to colors, all do not hold his attention: he seems to prefer green, blue and red to black and yellow. It's as if he's wearing blinkers that prevent him from seeing on the sides.
  • On the other hand, it perfectly captures the movements and is very attracted by what moves, like its mobile.

And me, he sees me?

His rough vision does not prevent his prowess.

  • Human faces, that's what he prefers to contemplate. Two eyes, a nose, a mouth, he does not need more. But in the right order! Researchers presented to infants facial patterns where the eyes occupied the place of the nose and the mouth that of the eyes. That did not please them at all: they definitely preferred the normal faces!
  • Your newborn is just as effective when it comes to recognizing your mom. It is vain to introduce other women who look like him and mask the maternal smell, he succeeds in identifying him. How does he do if he perceives the details of his face badly? It seems to focus on the contours of the head and the line of demarcation between the skin and the hair. Clever, no?

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