The InfantSEE® assessment offers early detection of potential eye and vision problems as a complement to the eye screening conducted in a pediatric well-care visit.
A comprehensive assessment between the ages of 6 months and 12 months is recommended to determine healthy development of vision. Risk factors for many eye conditions, including amblyopia (often referred to as lazy eye), muscle imbalances, and some ocular diseases, have no signs or symptoms and may not be detected in a well-baby check-up. Such pediatrician visits include care and services performed by all personnel and last an average of 22.1 minutes, which is ample time for screening and detecting potential large-scope health problems. However, significant risk factors for eye and vision disorders are not detectable by base-level infant eye screening, and even early retinoblastoma, the seventh most common pediatric cancer, is detected more than 80 percent of the time outside the doctor’s office by a family member or friend.
Sources: American Optometric Association (www.aoa.org) and InfantSEE (www.infantsee.org/)
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. Call a practitioner to see if they offer the FREE assessment, or see below for three in Morris County.
The InfantSEE® program:
Prevalence of Vision Problems and Eye Diseases That Will Develop in Children:
- 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
Optometrists are within 10 miles of 07876 near Succasunna, NJ:
- 1 in 10 children is at risk from undiagnosed vision problems[i]
- 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[ii]
- 1 in 25 will develop strabismus – more commonly known as crossed-eyes – a risk factor for amblyopia[iii]
- 1 in 33 will show significant refractive error such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism[iv]
- 1 in 100 will exhibit evidence of eye disease – e.g. glaucoma[v]
- 1 in 20,000 children have retinoblastoma (intraocular cancer) the seventh most common pediatric cancer[vi]