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Sen. Durbin and U.S. House Leaders Support Chicago-Area Optometrists in Improving Infant Eye and Vision Care Through the InfantSEE(R) Program
Date:4/16/2009

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 Ch
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