This GIF Helps You See What Baby Sees

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Updated January 20, 2017
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Have you ever wondered what the world looks like through baby’s eyes? Thanks to a GIF simulating an infant’s constantly-changing eyesight, now you can find out.

Romesh Angunawela, a consultant eye surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, teamed up with an eye clinic to create a GIF that illustrates how babies’ vision develops each month during their first year. The GIF shows that until baby reaches 3 months old, he or she is unable to focus on faces, even if they’re close up.

"At birth, a baby sees things more clearly at 8 to 10 centimeters, but their range of vision extends as they grow,” Angunawela tells Business Insider. He adds that the visual cortex of a baby’s brain starts learning how to process information from the moment baby first opens his eyes. It just takes time and growth to get used to processing that information.

The ability to better see your face at the 3-month mark usually coincides with another milestone: baby’s first smile.

By 2 years old, eyesight is fully developed.

"This coincides with increased interest and exploration of the world around them,” Angunawela says.

Things still seem a little fuzzy regarding baby’s vision development? Check out the must-see GIF for a better picture of the world from baby’s perspective.

Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

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