No-cost, comprehensive eye and vision assessments provided by doctors of optometry during the week of April 20
CHICAGO, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Due to the overwhelming number of children with eye and vision problems across the United States, Chicago 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 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.
"Undetected and untreated eye disorders in children can result in delayed reading and poorer outcomes in school," said Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL). "I applaud the Illinois optometrists who offer their time and talent to provide no-cost infant eye and vision assessments to prevent that from happening. I also encourage all parents to take advantage of the InfantSEE(R) program to help ensure that our children have the tools needed to succeed later in life."
Leading members of the U.S. House of Representatives delegation from Chicago and surrounding areas have also expressed their support for the InfantSEE(R) program. Reps. Bobby Rush (D-IL), Dan Lipinski (D-IL), Danny K. Davis (D-IL), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Mark Kirk (R-IL) and other Members 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, Mayor Richard M. Daley has officially declared Monday, April 20 through Friday, April 24 InfantSEE(R) Week in Chicago and surrounding areas.
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 Chicago and surrounding areas, great strides are being made to ensure that potential eye and vision problems are detected early. Infant eye assessments have been available in Illinois 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. Pamela Lowe, a Chicago-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. A lifetime of healthy vision begins in the first year of life."
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 Patricia Rios, local mother of Noah, now age 3. "When my son was a baby and I learned about the InfantSEE(R) program, it was an obvious decision to take Noah for an assessment. When the doctors gave his eyes a clean bill of health, it really put my mind at ease."
To continue to improve infant eye assessment rates in Chicago and surrounding areas, the following eye care providers will offer no-cost InfantSEE(R) eye assessments from April 20 to 24, by appointment:
ADDISON Dr. Steven Butzon 207 S. Addison Rd. 630-279-8866 Dr. Lenard Schwartz 1250 W. Lake St. 630-543-0607 ARLINGTON HEIGHTS Dr. Laura Palermo 18 S. Evergreen 847-253-8500 BARRINGTON Dr. David Tabak 232 E. Main St. 847-382-2020 BLUE ISLAND Dr. Ansel Johnson 13046 S. Western Ave. 708-385-0013 CHICAGO Illinois Eye Institute - Pediatric Clinic 3241 S. Michigan Ave. 312-949-7280 Dr. Brian Caden Dr. Darrell Schlange 3241 S. Michigan Ave. 312-225-6200 Dr. Dennis DeLee 209 S. LaSalle St., Ste. 120 312-332-4461 Dr. David Dewaard 1056 W. Wilson Ave. 773-271-5774 Dr. Ansel Johnson Dr. Eiman Gafour Dr. Janet Wheeler 840 East 87th St. 773-783-4434 Dr. Stephanie Johnson 5401 S. Wentworth, #4 773-924-5292 Dr. William Mackay 738 W. 107th St. 773-568-7439 Dr. Constance MacQueen 7117 W. Archer Ave. 773-586-8444 Dr. Janice Scharre 3241 S. Michigan Ave. 312-949-7245 Dr. Rebecca Schmitt 111 N. Wabash Ave., Ste. 1610 312-263-6350 Dr. Lenard Schwartz 3201 S. Wallace St. 312-225-5135 Dr. Magdalena Stec 321 N. Michigan Ave. 312-263-0222 Dr. Andrea Stein 4735 N. Damen 773-961-8700 DEERFIELD Dr. Darin Strako 360 S. Waukegan Rd., Ste. A 847-412-0311 DECATUR Dr. Gary Gray 2490 North Water St., Ste. 16 217-875-4646 DOWNERS GROVE Dr. Louis Jison, MD Dr. Linda Weil 3800 Highland Ave., #100 630-960-0456 EVANSTON Dr. Millicent Knight 2914 Central St. 847-864-4768 FRANKFORT Dr. Leon Kosek Dr. Judy Walsh 600 Bankview Dr. 815-469-8541 GRAYSLAKE Dr. Charlotte Nielsen 1120 Washington St. 847-223-2000 GLENVIEW Dr. Stephen Beckerman Dr. Angie Ghanayem Dr. Jennifer Harthan 1920 Waukegan Rd. 847-510-2111 HICKORY HILLS Dr. John Gardner 9400 S. Roberts Rd. 708-598-1322 LA GRANGE Dr. Cecilia Heiges 715 W. Hillgrove Ave. 708-482-3200 LA SALLE Dr. Wendy Sanders 641 First St. 815-223-0331 LIBERTYVILLE Dr. Jody Ricketts Dr. Kelly Daugherty 730 N. Milwaukee Ave. 847-362-9900 Dr. Marvin Heimlich 307 S. Milwaukee Ave. 847-362-3444 McHENRY Dr. Robert Peterson Dr. Daniel Jannotta 4306 W. Crystal Lake Rd. 815-385-7930 MORRIS Dr. Tim Ortiz Dr. Angelo Marino 880 Bedford Rd. 815-942-5500 MOUNT PROSPECT Dr. Nimisa Patel 1717 W. Golf Road 847-437-1414 NORTH AURORA Dr. Lena Park 9 S. Lincolnway 630-844-2500 NILES Dr. John Geevarghese Dr. Pam Lowe 7225 N. Caldwell 847-647-0707 OAK LAWN Dr. Katherine Narbone 6209 W. 95th St. 708-423-2500 Dr. Robert Steinmetz 4619 W. 103rd St. 708-229-2200 ORLAND PARK Dr. Mary Lou French 14315 S. 108th Ave. 708-403-0123 PALATINE Dr. Morris Lehrfeld Dr. Laura Rosanova 251 E. Northwest Hwy. 847-358-4950 PALOS HEIGHTS Dr. Robert Marini 7110 W. 127th St. 708-361-2727 PLANO Dr. Carla Adams 6800 W. Route 34 630-552-1593 STREAMWOOD Dr. Ingryd Lorenzana 1018 S. Barrington Rd. 630-837-3939 TINLEY PARK Dr. Dennis Gaeta 17730 Oak Park Ave. 708-692-7778 WESTMONT Dr. David Maze 136 N. Case Ave. 630-969-2807 WESTCHESTER Dr. Louis Jison, MD 10215 W. Roosevelt Rd. 708-345-7005 WILLOWBROOK Dr. Les Paczkowski 6300 S. Kingery Hwy., Ste. 116 630-323-0222 WOODSTOCK Dr. Jessica Heinke 233 Washington St. 815-338-0674
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.
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 Madonna Duncan American Optometric Hill & Knowlton Association (312) 255-3143 (314) 991-4100 x4176 firstname.lastname@example.org JMMahoney@aoa.org
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