InfantSEE®: Childhood eye care in action
As people prepare their year-end giving, the AOA is highlighting the many charitable and volunteer programs of Optometry Cares®—AOA Foundation.
In 2013, the program added a new group of participants: aspiring optometrists.
The AOA continues to stress the importance of childhood eye care in the halls of Congress. But that message also plays out in the offices of volunteer optometrists across the country through the InfantSEE® program.
Since 2005, more than 7,000 ODs participating in InfantSEE® have provided free vision and eye health assessments employing a modified clinical technique to more than 100,000 infants in their crucial first year of life. The program, created by a partnership between Optometry Cares® and The Vision Care InstituteTM, LLC, a Johnson & Johnson company, helps detect preventable disease and establish eye care as a priority for families.
In 2013, the program added a new group of participants: aspiring optometrists. Through a grant from the Allergan Foundation, InfantSEE® is partnering with schools and colleges to educate students about the program and the need for childhood eye care. Over the course of the year, InfantSEE® shared its message at six schools:
- State University of New York State College of Optometry
- Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry
- Pacific University College of Optometry
- Illinois College of Optometry
- Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University
- University of Houston College of Optometry
This important work will continue. You can help by: