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.
"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. Karen Preston, a Seattle-area 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 responsibilities is making sure my children's development is on track", said Sam Ames, local mother of Zach, age 7 and Trevor, age 4. "When I learned about the InfantSEE(R) program in 2005, it was the obvious decision to take Trevor for an assessment. Knowing his vision is healthy gives me peace of mind that he is seeing his world correctly and that I am making a beneficial health decision for my child."
To continue to improve infant eye assessment rates in the Seattle and Tacoma-area, the following eye care providers will offer no-cost InfantSEE(R) eye assessments from May 11 to 15, by appointment:
Bellevue Dr. Chris Barry Dr. William Prothero 1837 156th Ave NE #201 (425) 643-2020 Dr. Charles Clayton Dr. Robert Glaze 13401 NE Bel-Red Rd., #A4 (425) 747-2020 Dr. Ted Kadet 12301 NE 10th Pl., #302 (425) 462-7800 Dr. Curtis Ono 1515 116th Ave. NE., #104 (425) 454-0200 Dr. Karen Preston Dr. Joanna Haws 14645 Bel-red Road (425) 732-6056 Dr. Sarbjit Virk 1808 Richards Rd., #110 (425) 283-0440 Burien Dr. Manwai Lau 16110 8th Ave. SW, #B2 (206) 248-6151 Duvall Dr. Bradford Grimm Dr. Suzan Grimm 14610 Main St. NE, #101 (425) 788-2990 Edmonds Dr. Kathleen Solum 402 Main St. (425) 771-7772 Federal Way Dr. Curtis Baxstrom 1705 S. 324th Pl. (253) 661-6005 Gig Harbor Dr. Charles Dale 3002 Harborview Dr. (206) 851-2050 Dr. Stacy Tovarek Dr. Ed Worthen 3220 Uddenberg Ln. (253) 851-2020 Dr. Sharon Williams 6401 Kimball Dr. NW 253-858-4307 Kent Dr. Chi Wong 26019 104th Ave. SE, #101 (253) 520-0390 Dr. Alexandra Gelt 8009 S.180th St., Ste. 104 (425) 251-9200 Kirkland Dr. David Kading Dr. Kristi Kading 11830 NE 128th St., #1 (425) 821-8900 Lynnwood Dr. Kristi Jensen Dr. Willow Thompson Dr. Nancy Torgerson 16006 Ash Way, #101 (425) 787-5200 Dr. Jeffrey Sutro 5017 196th SW., #204 (425) 778-1588 Maple Valley Dr. Ryan Bennion Dr. Scott Bennion 22126 SE 237th St. (425) 432-1206 Mountlake Terrace Dr. John Clavadetscher 21005 44th Ave W, #102 (425) 775-7144 Puyallup Dr. Anne Barber 312 4th St. SE, #C (253) 435-9005 Dr. John Corliss Dr. Kenneth Corliss 312 4th St. SE (253) 845-0585 Redmond Dr. Steven Eriksen 16528 Cleveland St., Ste. I (425) 885-1974 Sammamish Dr. Kerry Moscovitz 22741 SE 29th St. (425) 392-2196 Seattle Dr. Jennifer Andrews Third & Pine (206) 344-2020 Dr. Manwai Lau 1229 Madison St., #1250 (206) 622-2020 Dr. Michael Matsunami 301A E. Pike St. (206) 464-0472 Dr. Hong Nguyen 1536 N. 115th St., #110 (206) 363-6003 Dr. Curtis Ono 2501 N. 45th St. (206) 526-5222 Dr. Cynthia Ruggeiro 1906 Pike Pl., Ste. 8 (206) 448-7739 Tacoma Dr. A. Chous 6720 Regents Blvd. (253) 565-9403 Dr. Erick Hartman 6314 19th St. W, #1 (253) 566-2020 Dr. Barry Huse 2913 38th St S #B3 (253) 473-1050 Dr. Shelby Robinson 1314 72nd St. E, #K (253) 531-5535 Dr. David Williams 9101 Bridgeport Way SW, #1 (253) 588-2254 Dr. Paul Williams 112 131st St S. (253) 537-7544 University Place Dr. Kim Eckroth 8204 27th St. W (253) 564-9262 Woodinville Dr. Kim Eng 17601 140th Ave. NE, #200 (425) 483-8000 Dr. Sarbjit Virk 13317 NE 175, Ste. U (425) 486-3937
InfantSEE(R) assessments are complementary to the routine well-care exams a baby receives from a pediatrician or family physician. Optometrists have the training to identify areas of risk that are critical to vision development and the skills to identify conditions that might not be detected in a routine pediatric wellness exam. In some cases, conditions may need to be monitored, immediately treated or referred to a pediatric eye specialist.
To learn more about InfantSEE(R), visit www.InfantSEE.org or call 888-396-3937.
InfantSEE(R) is a public health program managed by Optometry's Charity(TM) - The AOA Foundation. Designed to ensure that eye and vision care become an integral part of infant wellness and improve a child's quality of life, doctors of optometry provide one eye and vision assessment to infants free-of-charge regardless of socioeconomic status. For more information visit infantsee.org.
About the American Optometric Association
American Optometric Association doctors of optometry are highly qualified, trained doctors, on the frontline of eye health and vision care, who examine, diagnose, treat, and manage diseases and disorders of the eye. In addition to providing eye and vision care, optometrists play a major role in an individual's overall health and well-being by detecting systemic diseases. Doctors of optometry have the skills and training to provide more than two-thirds of all primary eye care in the United States. The American Optometric Association represents more than 36,000 doctors of optometry, optometry students and paraoptometric assistants and technicians in nearly 6,500 communities across the country. For more information, visit www.aoa.org.
About The Vision Care Institute
The Vision Care Institute of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Inc. is an innovative educational resource created to prepare optometry students for a successful transition into the real world of delivering quality eye care, as well as to assist practicing Eye Care Professionals in the growth and development of their practice. The state-of-the-art facility gives participants a rare opportunity to gain first-hand experience with the latest in vision diagnostic and treatment technologies through hands-on contact lens instruction. Besides clinical training, participants also concentrate on communication skills. The curriculum, taught by leading eye care practitioners from around the country, gives participants the skills and confidence necessary to excel in today's professional practice. The Vision Care Institute has hosted students from all 19 of the schools and colleges of optometry throughout North America at its headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida.
Contact: Julie Mahoney American Optometric Association (314) 991-4100 x4176 JMMahoney@aoa.org Madonna Duncan Hill & Knowlton (312) 255-3143 email@example.com
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