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Seattle and Tacoma-Area Optometrists Partner With Sen. Murray in Improving Infant Eye and Vision Care

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:

    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

    Dr. Manwai Lau
    16110 8th Ave. SW, #B2
    (206) 248-6151

    Dr. Bradford Grimm
    Dr. Suzan Grimm
    14610 Main St. NE, #101
    (425) 788-2990

    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

    Dr. Chi Wong
    26019 104th Ave. SE, #101
    (253) 520-0390

    Dr. Alexandra Gelt
    8009 S.180th St., Ste. 104
    (425) 251-9200

    Dr. David Kading
    Dr. Kristi Kading
    11830 NE 128th St., #1
    (425) 821-8900

    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

    Dr. Anne Barber
    312 4th St. SE, #C
    (253) 435-9005

    Dr. John Corliss
    Dr. Kenneth Corliss
    312 4th St. SE
    (253) 845-0585

    Dr. Steven Eriksen
    16528 Cleveland St., Ste. I
    (425) 885-1974

    Dr. Kerry Moscovitz
    22741 SE 29th St.
    (425) 392-2196

    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

    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

    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 or call 888-396-3937.

About InfantSEE(R)

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

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

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

                 Madonna Duncan
                 Hill & Knowlton
                 (312) 255-3143

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