Our InfantSEE Program Provides A Free Eye Exam For Your Infant
Healthy eyes help your baby learn and experience new things in life. This is why we are an InfantSEE practice. We want to help you take care of your little one by making sure their eyes are developing properly.
What Is The InfantSEE Program?
InfantSEE is a program sponsored by the American Optometric Association and the Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Institute. It is a no-cost public health program designed to ensure infants receive the professional eye care they need. The InfantSEE program provides a one-time comprehensive eye exam to infants. This service is available to everyone, regardless of income.
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Why Are Early Visits Necessary?
- Pediatricians can provide basic eye screenings, but our practice has more resources and training available to detect potential problems.
- Catching problems now may prevent problems later that could lead to learning and developmental issues.
- Professional exams give you peace of mind, knowing your child’s vision is developing correctly.
What can patients expect when they bring their child?
The best advice we can give parents is to make sure they are bringing their child to the office during a time of day when the child is happy and alert! (Naptime or lunchtime eye exams can result in a fussy baby!) During the examination, either Mom or Dad is seated in the exam chair, holding the child on his/her lap. The doctor will perform lots of quick tests using lights and toys to get the child’s attention. Sometimes eye drops are needed to fully assess the health of the insides of the eyes. Babies are usually not too happy about getting eye drops, but they don’t hurt and the child is fine with a little distraction and encouragement from Mom or Dad!
Why did you become an InfantSEE practice?
We believe that the early detection of vision problems can have a huge impact on children’s learning and development, and in some cases, save a child’s life. Luckily, most of the babies we examine have normal, healthy eyes, but if we are able to help even one young child, we have accomplished something great!
What are some common eye issues that you’ll look for?
During the InfantSEE exam, the Vision Clinic doctors check for any eye muscle problems, inequality in vision between the two eyes, and the health of the insides of the eyes (retinas). We are able to tell if the child is near or farsighted, and if the amount is enough to prescribe glasses for proper eye development.
Here Are A Few Tips To Help With Your Baby’s Eye Development
- A baby’s eyes are sensitive to light. If you are outdoors, keep your baby’s eyes shaded with a hat or shade.
- Show your baby images with lots of contrast (think simple black-and-white pictures).
- Have a nightlight in your baby’s room. The light helps provide visual stimulation while they are in their cribs.
Call Us Today For Your Free InfantSEE Appointment
If you know someone with a child between 6 and 12 months, please pass this information along! We look forward to seeing you and your baby!