A baby’s vision develops by leaps and bounds from birth to 3 years old. The neurolgical connections between the eye and the brain are formed in response to the visual stimulus that the baby’s eyes are seeing. In the case of a cataract, there is an opacity in the eye that blocks or hinders the image of the stimulus from reaching the retina (where the photoreceptors respond to the stimulus and form connections with the brain). Because the infant never sees a clear image, they do not develop the ability to see a clear image, and the eye becomes amblyopic (or lazy). It is important to recognize and remove a cataract at the earliest age possible, in order for normal vision to develop.
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