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Louisiana Optometrists Partner With Sens. Landrieu and Vitter, U.S. House Leaders in Improving Infant Eye and Vision Care
Date:7/28/2009

s/Louisiana-Legislative-Support.pdf" target="_new">urged local parents to have their infant's eyes assessed during InfantSEE(R) Week.

To encourage parents to take advantage of the InfantSEE(R) program and to help protect infant vision and eye health, Governor Bobby Jindal has officially declared Monday, August 3 through Friday, August 14 InfantSEE(R) Week in Louisiana.

One in 10 children is at risk from undiagnosed eye and vision problems, which, if undetected, could lead to permanent vision impairment, and in rare cases, life-threatening health risks. However, only 14 percent of children from infancy to age six have had a comprehensive eye assessment from an eye care professional. In Louisiana, great strides are being made to ensure that potential eye and vision problems are detected early. Infant eye assessments have been available in Louisiana since the InfantSEE(R) program launched in 2005.

"Many parents are surprised to learn that the first year of life is one of the most critical stages of a child's visual development," said Dr. Jeff Anastasio, a Louisiana optometrist and InfantSEE(R) provider. "It's the ideal time to detect eye and vision problems before these conditions worsen or cause developmental delays."

The program launched in 2005 with support from former President Jimmy Carter, honorary national chair. Nearly 8,000 optometrists nationwide volunteer their time to provide assessments to babies in their communities. The majority of vision problems detected included retinoblastoma (eye cancer), severe hyperopia (farsightedness), myopia (nearsightedness), congenital glaucoma and congenital cataract.

"As a parent, one of my biggest concerns is making sure my child's development is on track," said Crystal Payne, a local mother of Randy, age 19 months. "When I learned about the InfantSEE(R) program, it was an obvious decision to take Randy for a
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