Baby’s first eye exam

by Dr. Roxanna Potter, FLT Columnist

Based on the millions of people who have seen and shared it, the currently circulating viral video on social media of the baby that receives her first pair of glasses is more than just cute; it’s sending an important message across the world of how important eye care is for infants. The expression of wonder and joy on baby’s face when she gets her first look through those adorable pink glasses is almost magical. You might be interested to know that she was seen by her optometrist for free through a nationwide program called InfantSEE.

InfantSEE is a program that was started over a decade ago by President Jimmy Carter and the American Optometric Association to help diagnose and treat causes of childhood vision and eye health problems that can lead to developmental delays, blindness, and visual/learning disabilities. It provides a one-time, no-cost, comprehensive eye and vision assessment for infants between six months and one year of age, regardless of a family’s income or access to health insurance. Optometrists that participate agree to do so with no compensation, meaning they volunteer their time and knowledge to help improve the vision and lives of thousands of infants and children each year. It’s estimated that as many as one in 10 children have an undiagnosed vision or eye health problem that goes undetected by pediatricians and other screenings, so a comprehensive eye exam through a program like InfantSEE is necessary to be sure baby’s eyes are developing properly.

I have enjoyed volunteering for this program and plan to do so for many years to come. I have seen patients just like the one in the video react in priceless ways to the discovery of the world through clear vision. There are many participating optometrists in the Toledo area, and the exams are fun, painless and informative, meaning there’s no reason NOT to take advantage of this opportunity to ensure that the babies in your family have healthy, clear vision!

Please check out the InfantSEE website at http://www.infantsee.org/ today for more information, or call my office if you have any questions.

Dr. Roxanna Potter is the owner of Personal Eyecare in Sylvania. You can contact her at 419-885-5300; email her at rpotter@personaleyecare.com; or visit the website at http://www.personaleyecare.com.