Newborn babies arrive equipped with wonderful abilities to see and hear. Although their vision is not as sharp as that of an adult, newborn babies show responses to adult faces in the earliest days of life. Babies also have remarkable responses to sounds. They startle with loud noises and quiet with their mother's voice. Sometimes, babies have problems with vision. These problems may be due to a birth defect or may be caused by the effects of prematurity, neurological problems, genetic disorders or other diseases.
Since many eye problems occur at an early age, it is important that your child receives eye examinations and visual screening tests. Vision problems can lead to visual loss, developmental problems and learning disabilities. Monitoring your child's ability to see is an important factor in the health of your growing child.