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, and 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