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Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: J | 2007/05/29

Q.

Eye Sight

At what age are new babies able to see / distinguish clearly. When can one expect them to follow the movement of an object (finger or something else) in front of their face?

Does being premature have an impact on the age. In other words if a newborn baby can see clearly at say the age of four weeks would a baby that was borm prem by four weeks only be able to see at the age of eight weeks?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Infants can fix or see from about 6 weeks of age. In most cases prematurity does not affect this milestone although some of the others such as sitting and crawling are put back a bit by being born a month early.

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