The American Optometric Association (AOA) and The Vision Care Institute of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., have partnered to create InfantSEE, a no-cost public health program developed to provide professional eye care for infants nationwide. Through InfantSEE, Optometrists will provide a one-time, comprehensive eye assessment to infants in their first year of life, offering early detection of potential eye and vision problems at no cost regardless of income.
The InfantSEE program
• Provides no-cost access to an eye-care doctor who has the instruments and resources not available to general-care doctors like pediatricians and family physicians
• Detects potential problems that, if undetected, may lead to learning and developmental issues later.
• Gives new parents the peace of mind that their infant’s vision is developing properly.
Prevalence of Vision Problems and Eye Diseases That Will Develop in Children
• 1 in 10 children is at risk from undiagnosed vision problems
• 1 in 30 children will be affected by amblyopia often referred to as lazy eye a leading cause of vision loss in people younger than 45 years
• 1 in 25 will develop strabismus – more commonly known as crossed-eyes-a risk factor for amblyopia
• 1 in 33 will show significant refractive error such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism
• 1 in 100 will exhibit evidence of eye disease – e.g. glaucoma
• 1 in 20,000 children have retinoblastoma (Intraocular cancer) the seventh most common pediatric cancer
Early intervention is critical to successful and cost-effective treatment. Despite the nation’s present system of preschool vision screening, there exists a lack of understanding by the public of the importance of periodic professional eye and vision assessments. Unfortunately, during the course of their young lives, most children probably never see an eye care practitioner who can provide the kind of professional eye assessment necessary to identify critical eye and vision problems at an early stage, explain those conditions to parents, and provide the care necessary to correct those problems.
The Profession of optometry fulfills one of its public health goals by providing infant eye and vision health through the InfantSEE program. The AOA Foundation and Johnson & Johnson Vision launched InfantSEE in 2005, as first-of-its-kind national program to provide children with professional eve and vision care earlier in life.
Former President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter have pledged their support for the program for a very important, personal reason: They have two grandchildren with amblyopia. For one grandchild, the condition went undetected until he was well into grade school, when classroom difficulties made the condition apparent. Had a program like InfantSEE been in place then, he may have been treated with far less effort and would have found academic success sooner.
We are one of your InfantSEE providers, so please call for an appointment. I want our moms and dads to book their appointments at the time your baby is most Happy and Active.