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ND Optometrists Partner With U.S. Sens. Conrad and Dorgan, Rep. Pomeroy and Gov. Hoeven in Improving Infant Eye and Vision Care
Date:2/17/2009

BISMARCK, N.D., Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Due to the overwhelming number of children with eye and vision problems across the United States, Bismarck and surrounding area optometrists are devoting appointments to no-cost, comprehensive eye and vision assessments for infants between six to 12 months of age through InfantSEE(R). InfantSEE(R), a public health program developed by the American Optometric Association (AOA) in partnership with The Vision Care Institute(TM), LLC a Johnson & Johnson company, was designed to provide professional eye care for infants nationwide at no-cost, regardless of family income or number of eligible children.

"I can't stress enough the importance of early childhood health screenings," said Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND). "I encourage parents across North Dakota to take advantage of the InfantSEE(R) program. Have your child assessed in order to detect and treat any potential vision problems before they interfere with their learning."

"As parents, we regularly take our children to the dentist to help prevent cavities. Likewise, we should have our children's vision screened at an early age to prevent potential eye and vision problems down the road," said Congressman Earl Pomeroy (D-ND). "I applaud our local optometrists for providing free InfantSEE(R) assessments, and encourage families to take advantage of this useful service."

To encourage parents to take advantage of the InfantSEE(R) program and to help protect infant vision and eye health, Governor John Hoeven has officially declared Monday, February 23 through Friday, February 27 InfantSEE(R) Week in the state of North Dakota.

"Protecting infant vision and eye health is an integral part of North Dakota's commitment to the health and wellness of our children," Hoeven said. "I commend the North Dakota Optometric Association and optometrists across the state for providing this important program to Nort
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