Important Visual Developmental Milestones

milestones

Birth to 6 Weeks of Age:

• Stares at surroundings when awake
• Momentarily holds gaze on bright light or bright object
• Blinks at camera flash
• Eyes and head move together
• One eye may seem turned in at times

8 Weeks to 24 Weeks:

• Eyes begin to move more widely with less head movement
• Eyes begin to follow moving objects or people (8-12 weeks)
• Watches parent’s face when being talked to (10-12 weeks)
• Begins to watch own hands (12-16 weeks)
• Eyes move in active inspection of surroundings (18-20) weeks
• While sitting, looks at hands, food, bottle (18-24 weeks)
• Now looking for, and watching more distant objects (20-28 weeks)

30 Weeks to 48 Weeks:

• May turn eyes inward while inspecting hands or toy (28-32 weeks)
• Eyes more mobile and move with little head movement (30-36 weeks)
• Watches activities around him for longer periods of time (30-36 weeks)
• Looks for toy he drops (32-38 weeks)
• Visually inspects toys he can hold (38-40 weeks)
• Creeps after favourite toy when seen (40-44 weeks)
• Sweeps eyes around room to see what’s happening (44 -48 weeks)
• Visually responds to smiles and voices of others (40-48 weeks)
• More and more visual inspection of objects and persons (46-52 weeks)

12 Months to 18 Months:

• Now using both hands and visually steering hand activity (12-14 months)
• Visually interested in simple pictures (14-16 months)
• Often holds objects very close to eyes to inspect (14 -18 months)
• Points to objects or people using words “look” or “see” (14 – 18 months)
• Looks for and identifies pictures in books (16-18 months)

24 Months to 36 Months:

• Occasionally visually inspect without needing to touch (20-24 months)
• Smiles, facial brightening when views favourite objects and people (20-24 months)
• Likes to watch movement of wheels, egg beater, etc. (24 -28 months)
• Watches own hand while scribbling (26-30 months)
• Visually explores and steers own walking and climbing (30-36 months)
• Watches and imitates other children (30-36 months)
• Can now begin to keep colouring on the paper (34-38 months)
• “reads” pictures in books (34-38 months)