9 – 12 MONTHS
Colours, distance & people
The colour of your baby’s eyes (iris) will change as they grow due to the amount of pigment called melanin. Once they reach about 9 months of age, the eyes have usually turned their final colour.
As babies begin to interact with the world around them, their eyesight assists them. Babies can now judge distances and grasp objects with thumb and forefinger. They can recognise people and point to pictures in books.
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 18 Key Vision Questions, National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness, 2009-2019.