Did you know that visual development in babies is most dramatic between six and 12 months of age? Dr. C Optometry is part of a nationwide campaign to provide a one-time, comprehensive eye assessment to infants in their first year of life, offering early detection of potential eye and vision problems at no cost to parents, regardless of income. The InfantSEE™ program is a no-cost public health program that provides professional eye care for infants nationwide. The program was launched by the American Optometric Association (AOA) in partnership with The Vision Institute of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.

Why examine a baby’s eyes before they are a year old?

The first year of life is one of the most critical stages in childhood development.  Recently, studies have shown that 90% of visual development occurs during this time.  Many eye conditions, including lazy eye, muscle imbalances and some ocular diseases do not have early warning signs or symptoms that can be easily identified by a parent or discovered during a typical well-baby checkup. 

The InfantSEE™ assessment provides early detection of visual problems or risk factors that can lead to interference with visual development.  It complements the pediatrician’s well-baby exam.  We work alongside the pediatrician to monitor the child’s visual development.  After the testing is done, a report can be sent to your pediatrician and if needed, we will consult with your doctor for the appropriate referral to a specialist.

What happens during an InfantSEE™ assessment?

During the assessment, there are three aspects we are looking at: how well the child sees, how the eyes work together, and the health of the eyes.  By observing the child’s responses to various tests, we are able to evaluate these aspects without any verbal feedback.  To ensure they feel safe and secure, the child will sit on the parent’s lap. 

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