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Seattle and Tacoma-Area Optometrists Partner With Sen. Murray in Improving Infant Eye and Vision Care
Date:5/5/2009

No-cost, comprehensive eye and vision assessments provided by InfantSEE(R) Program

SEATTLE, May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Due to the overwhelming number of children with eye and vision problems across the United States, Seattle and Tacoma-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 Optometry's Charity(TM) - The AOA Foundation 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.

"Prevention and early detection of potential risk factors in children is critically important to ensuring a lifetime of vision health," said Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.). "I am proud to support the efforts of InfantSEE(R) to provide these services, and to educate parents about the importance of vision care for their children."

To encourage parents to take advantage of the InfantSEE(R) program and to help protect infant vision and eye health, Governor Christine Gregoire has officially declared Monday, May 11 through Friday, May 15 InfantSEE(R) Week in the Seattle and Tacoma-area.

One in 10 children are 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 the Seattle and Tacoma-area, great strides are being made to ensure that potential eye and vision problems are detected early. Infant eye assessments have been available in Washington since the InfantSEE(R) program launched in 2005.

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