Area optometrists volunteer during InfantSEE Week, May 12-18
More than 300 Michigan optometrists are providing free eye vision assessments for babies as part of InfantSEE Week during May 12-18 and state Rep. Ray Franz has partnered with the Michigan Optometric Association to help raise awareness by promoting visits to local doctors participating in the program.
“This important service is being offered free, regardless of family income or insurance coverage because undiagnosed vision problems in early childhood can make learning difficult or even lead to more severe problems,” said Franz, R-Onekama. “I encourage all parents with infants to check into the program because eye specialists tell me that visual development is most dramatic between six and 12 months of age and this early detection program can prevent and help reduce the threat of serious vision impairments.”
For the assessment, the baby typically sits on their parent’s lap as the optometrist performs the exam using lights and other hand-held objects to check that the infant’s eyes are working together and there are no significant issues that may impede vision development.
Results of the assessment are discussed or sent to the parents, and can be forwarded to other health care providers as necessary.
To find participating local doctors call toll free 888-396-EYES or go online at www.infantsee.org.