Hayden Optometric Inc.
94 N Main St Mansfield MA 02048 +1 508-339-3952
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Toys And Activities For Vision Development

Just like learning how to walk and talk, your baby also has to learn how to see!

There are many ways you can help them develop their visual skills, from the right types of toys to buy to the right types of games to play with them at certain ages.

The First Six Months

A newborn’s world is filled with blurry shapes, light, and shadows. At first, they can only focus on objects about eight to ten inches from their faces—the distance between their eyes and the face of the person holding them.

As your baby’s sight grows clearer and sharper, here are some things you can do to encourage those developing vision skills:

  • Move objects around in front of them, which will help them learn to track things with their eyes.
  • Fill their surroundings with color. Babies can get bored if there’s nothing interesting to look at, and you want them looking around as much as possible! They find mobiles hanging over their cribs particularly fascinating (but you still might want to add some variety by changing out the objects every so often).
  • Play peek-a-boo! Babies get lots of practice focusing their eyes thanks to that mysterious person or object that keeps vanishing like magic!

6-12 Months

At the age of about six months, your baby will begin developing hand-eye coordination. You’ll want to give them plenty of colorful objects to grab and play with.

Crawling helps babies develop coordination between their eyes and their bodies—even better than walking! They don’t always remember that their heads don’t end at their eyes, though, so they might get a few bumps on their little noggins while they explore!

It’s time to move on from peek-a-boo. Your baby now understands object permanence, which means they no longer think Mommy and Daddy are wizards who can make themselves and objects blink out of existence simply by hiding behind their hands. Instead, you can play hide-and-seek, challenging them to figure out where you hid their toy.

You can also start reading to your child at this age, although it’ll be a few more years before they figure out how that works.

1-3 Years

Your baby is now a toddler! It’s time to step things up again. One-year-olds will further develop their hand-eye coordination by bouncing, throwing, and chasing balls (and probably a few objects not meant for throwing). Visual skills are linked with other important developmental skills, like balance and comprehension. They’ll start putting names to objects, and they’ll love rocking horses and other simple riding toys.

Two-year-olds will discover their artistic talents! Make sure to give them plenty of drawing materials. They’ll also do much more interesting things with blocks than they have so far and interlocking blocks will be particularly fun.

For a clearer picture of what your baby sees at various ages, watch this video:

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Infant and Toddler Eye Health

Even if you’re doing everything you can to encourage your child to develop the right visual skills by the typical ages, it’s still important to bring them in for eye exams. Older children can tell you with words when their eyes aren’t functioning properly, but it can be harder to tell there’s a problem with the eyesight of an infant or toddler. Your baby should have his or her first eye exam by six months old!

We’re dedicated to making sure you and your children can see clearly!

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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94 N Main St
Mansfield, MA 02048

Contact Information

Phone: 508-339-3952
Fax: +1 (508) 339-6907
  • Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday: 9:00am - 6:30pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
  • Thursday: 9:00am - 6:30pm
  • Friday: 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Saturday: 8:30am - 11:30am
  • Sunday: Closed
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Why Choose Hayden Optometric?

Our Brands

Our Brands

Your eyes are unique, and so is your sense of style, which is why selecting your frames and lenses is a very personal choice. Your frames should fit your sense of style, and your lenses should suit your vision needs. Hayden Optometric Inc. is proud to offer a wide variety of brands so that we can help you find the frames and lenses that best suit your needs and style.

We're Revolutionizing Eye Care

We're Revolutionizing Eye Care

Hayden Optometric wants to be a thought leader in the eye health industry. We are always dedicated to making life better for our patients. In fact, our own Dr. Joel Hayden has leveraged his knowledge as an optometrist and nutritionist to develop his own line of eye wipes and fish oil to bolster your eye health.



Dr. Hayden is also the founder of HALT Myopia; the Hayden Advanced Lens Therapy System. Designed for nearsighted kids, HALT Myopia has been called “LASIK for kids,” only without lasers, scalpels, pain, recovery, or risk of overcorrection.

Read more about HALT and other methods of myopia control.

The Future of Eye Health Technology

The Future of Eye Health Technology

We really value innovation. That’s why we rely on some of the most advanced technology available to help us examine, diagnose, and treat all of our patients. When you choose Hayden Optometric, you know you’re getting some of the most state-of-the-art equipment the industry has to offer.

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