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are newborn babies born color blind

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are babies color blind when they're born? Do babies see in only black and white until they turn one?
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Lori replied 10 years ago.
Many doctors feel that humans are born without the cones in the back of their eyes functioning. These are what allow us to see color. These usually become functional by about four months of age. But babies can see fairly well, and can focus the best on something about 10 inches in front of them. And they can see contrasts in colors very well. That's why it's good to have mobiles and toys that are striped--like wide black and white stripes--because they enjoy looking at the contrast and it helps to strengthen the muscles controlling their eyes.