Vision issues in infants can interfere with the achievement of developmental milestones. The InfantSEE eye program, supported through the Jimmy Carter Fund, allows infants between 6 to 12 months of age to receive specialized and comprehensive eye examinations that can alert parents to early signs of vision needs. Children who go to school with untreated vision-related problems can experience academic issues. Earlier assessments can improve treatment results and ensure that developing children receive the vision care and support to excel at every stage of development. Dr. David K. Hall of The Eye Center is certified to perform examinations on infants and offers free comprehensive examinations for infants between 6 to 12 months.
Eye problems can develop from conditions occurring during the first year of life. An InfantSEE assessment is used to determine whether or not an infant may be at risk of developing specific eye or vision disorders. Many children with eye and vision problems are not taken in for regular check-ups or exams and do not have vision problems addressed at any early age. There are a number of conditions that can be prevented and corrected when addressed at initial stages of development. Approximately 200,000 babies born every year are at risk of developing serious eye and vision problems, such as strabismus and amblyopia. Vision and eye problems can interfere with academic and sports performance, as well as making it more difficult for young children to attain early reading skills and visual-spatial abilities.
InfantSEE was launched in 2005 and is the first national program of its kind to address the vision needs of infants and draw the attention of parents to the need for early vision and eye assessments. It offers children professional eye and vision care at earlier developmental stages. The program is supported by the efforts of Optometry Cares – The AOA Foundation and Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. Former President Jimmy Carter and Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter support this program as two of their grandchildren have amblyopia.
“Infants need not suffer from vision-related problems. Early assessments during the first year of life can prevent and treat signs of developing eye conditions,” shared David K. Hall, OD “Early eye exams and assessments support the vision needs of children and are available through the InfantSEE program."