As much as we are excited about naming our baby, we also feel ecstatic on how he would look like. We even fantasize the best trait that he can get from his parents. One of the important aspects that we are excited about is the eyes. As the saying goes, “the eyes are the window to a man’s soul”. Thus, you want your baby’s eyes to be really nice and pretty.
When can you tell a baby’s eye color? You can tell your baby’s permanent eye color in his first year. The melanin, a pigment which is responsible for the coloring of the eyes, actively changes in one year. After this span of time, his eyes have already stashed enough pigments. Hence, the color that he gets will most likely dictate the permanent color of his eyes.
Are Babies Born With Blue Eyes?
Most babies are born with blue or gray eyes, but not all. There are cases that babies are born with dark brown eyes especially if they are Asian, African-American, or Hispanic. The reason why the color of the babies' eyes is blue or gray is that the newborn baby’s eyes pigmentation process is not yet complete. Hence, blue or gray is the darkest it can get.
As mentioned, the pigmentation is the process wherein the melanin plays its role to change your baby’s eye color. When your baby finally gets out of the womb and opens his eye, this is the only time that the pigmentation process activates. The pigmentation process involves the melanin in your iris. The more melanin your iris gets, the darker the color of your eye becomes. The melanin is also dependent on the bright light or sun rays that your baby gets exposed to. It increases melanin once exposed to bright light.
The same cycle of pigmentation will last for a year. After this span of time, your baby's eyes have stashed enough pigments which can now dictate the permanent color of his eyes. Note that melanin is not the only thing that creates this change, genetic also does its part.
What Are The Probabilities Of Your Baby’s Eye Color?
If both parents have brown-colored eyes, but either one of the mother or father’s parent had blue eyes, then it has a slight possibility that the eyes of the baby will stay blue. If one of the parents has blue-colored eyes and the other has brown-colored eyes, then your baby's eyes have a fifty-fifty chance of having either of the two colors. If both of the parents have blue eyes, then it has a high chance that your baby’s eyes will have a permanent blue-colored eye.
What Is The Cause Of Different Colored Eye?
There are rare cases where a baby is born with one eye is half brown, and the other eye is half blue, or two different colored eyes. As stunning and exotic as it looks, you still have to consult your doctor if this happens to your baby. This different colored eye is known as heterochromia. Although heterochromia is considered normal when caused by a genetic change, it can also indicate an eye problem that might be an effect of a disease or injury. Heterochromia, in some cases, is also connected to albinism, a very light-colored eye condition caused by reduced pigmentation.
What Are Your Baby’s Eye Activities For A Year?
Your baby’s vision in the first few weeks may seem blurry and unclear. However, it will then improve for the next few months as manifested by the development of your baby’s eye activities. To know how your baby's vision develops over time, here are the stages of his eye activities:
What Are The Possible Baby’s Eye Concerns?
Despite the high possibility that your baby’s vision may develop normally, there are a still few symptoms that you should watch out for:
How Do You Take Care Of Your Baby’s Eyes?
There is a lot you can do to help your baby maintain his good vision. At the same time, obtain the necessary eye activity development appropriate for his age. Here are some of them: