From AOAs First Look:
In a commentary in Washington's Nisqually Valley News (9/12), Dave Pratt explained that in order for children "to be able to learn how to see, their eyes must be in good shape from day one." But, for babies who "cannot communicate" a vision problem, "InfantSEE is a program that is sponsored by the American Optometric Association (AOA), which diagnoses eyesight disorders in children as young as a few months old. According to InfantSEE, one in 10 children is at risk from undiagnosed vision problems," and one child in 30 "will be affected by amblyopia," which is the "leading cause of vision loss in people younger than 45 years." Other vision problems "that often go undiagnosed in children include nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism," or even "eye diseases, such as glaucoma and...retinoblastoma (intraocular cancer)." Optometrists "donate their time to the" InfantSEE program, and perform these services "at no cost." Pratt concluded that parents should "check out the InfantSEE program on the Internet," or "visit an InfantSEE doctor in" their "town. It's free, and can make a big difference in a child's life."