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South Carolina Optometrists Partner with State Legislators and Local Mayors in Improving Infant Eye and Vision Care
Date:9/20/2010

al stages of a child's visual development," said Dr. Jennie Smith, a South Carolina optometrist and InfantSEE® provider. "It's the ideal time to detect eye and vision problems before these conditions worsen or cause developmental delays."

"With so many people needing eye care, this is an excellent opportunity for South Carolina," said Addie Bunn, Communications Manager, United Way Association of South Carolina.  "Since 2008, United Way has been working to achieve a 10-year goal: to increase by one-third the number of youth and adults who are healthy and avoid risky behaviors by 2018. This will be one step closer to reaching that goal."

The program launched in 2005 with support from former President Jimmy Carter, honorary national spokesperson. Nearly 8,000 optometrists nationwide volunteer their time to provide assessments to babies in their communities.  The majority of vision problems detected include retinoblastoma (eye cancer), severe hyperopia (farsightedness), myopia (nearsightedness), congenital glaucoma and congenital cataract.

"I heard about the InfantSEE® program from a family member and wondered how an infant could have their eyes tested at such a young age," said Kamela Snider, a local mother of Makenzie, 11 months.  "I was amazed when I saw how the tests were performed and the amount of information that could be obtained about the health and vision of my baby's eyes. It was such a relief to know that my child's vision was developing as it should be."

To continue to improve infant eye assessment rates in South Carolina, parents can bring their infant in for a no-cost assessment at the InfantSEE® Mobile Clinic stationed in towns across the state.  Also, for those parents who can't make it to the InfantSEE® Mobile Clinic, optometrists from around the state will be providing these no-cost InfantSEE® eye assessments from September 20 through 25 in their offices by appointment.InfantSEE
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