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Michigan Optometrists Offer Free Eye Assessments for Infants

Lansing, Mich.  April 27, 2016 – Experts from the American Optometric Association and the Michigan Optometric Association (MOA) agree that visual development is most dramatic between 6 and 12 months of age and that early detection can prevent and help reduce the threat of serious vision impairments. In fact, one in every ten children is at risk from undiagnosed eye and vision problems by the time they are 18 years of age.   To raise awareness of this issue and promote visits to optometrists at a young age, Michigan InfantSEE® Week will take place May 2-6, 2016. More than 300 Michigan optometrists participate in the InfantSEE® program, which provides free eye vision assessments for babies, regardless of family income and insurance.
According to Dr. Jeffrey Kenyon, MOA Children’s Vision and InfantSEE® Committee Chair, “Early detection can prevent and help reduce the threat of serious vision impairments.  Children’s vision problems can be completely hidden, a thorough eye and vision evaluation by an optometrist will ensure problems are detected early and provide the first step to a lifetime of healthy vision.”
Although infants cannot respond verbally, the first year of life is an ideal time to conduct an InfantSEE® exam. At this age, even without a verbal response from the child, an optometrist is able to gather many components typical of an adult exam and provide parents with information regarding their infant’s current and future vision development milestones.
During the assessment, infants typically sit on their parent’s lap as the optometrist performs the exam. The optometrist uses lights and other handheld objects to check that the infant’s eyes are working together, and there are no significant issues that may impede vision development.
Following the assessment, the optometrist will discuss or send a summary of information to the infant’s parents, pediatrician, family physician or other health care provider to report any significant condition diagnosed during the course of the assessment.
Early intervention is critical to successful and cost-effective treatment. There is a lack of public understanding of the importance of annual eye assessments for infants. If left untreated, vision problems can make learning difficult and may lead to permanent vision impairment. 
“Through their clinical education and experience, optometrists have the means to provide the most effective primary eye care to children,” said Dr. Kenyon. “I recommend parents include a visit to the optometrist as part of their infant wellness care program.”
For more information, or to locate a MOA InfantSEE® optometrist in your area, call toll-free (888) 396-EYES or visit and click on the doctor locator link at the top of the page.  


About the Michigan Optometric Association:
The Michigan Optometric Association represents over 1,300 doctors of optometry, optometry students and paraoptometric assistants and technicians throughout Michigan. MOA's mission is to advance and support optometry in serving Michigan's eye care needs. The association provides education, information and other member services to assist optometrists in practicing successfully in accordance with the highest standards of patient care; works to advance the quality and accessibility of optometric services throughout the state and seeks to ensure the recognition of independent optometrists as the primary providers of vision and related eye health care. For more information visit

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