198223 InfantSEE: Providing a public health program to infants in diverse populations

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Mark Schwartz, MPH , Optometry Charity, American Optometric Association, St. Louis, MO
Glen T. Steele, OD FCOVD , Chief of Pediatric Service, Southern College of Optometry, Memphis, TN
Norma K. Bowyer, OD MS MPH FAAO , President, Society of Primary Care Policy Fellows, Morgantown, WV
Pamela Lowe, OD, FAAO , Professional Eye Care Center, Inc., Niles, IL
Walter Morton, OD , BuckEye Vision Care, Centennial, CO
James Spangler, OD , Independent Optometrist, Warren, PA
Data collected by the American Optometric Association (AOA) via 10,000 InfantSEE® assessments conducted during 2006 and 2007, indicated the overall need for vision concern has increased from one in 14 in 2005 to one in nine in 2007. This finding reveals a growing need for early vision examination in infants. The data also identified groups at greatest risk for abnormal status.

Through InfantSEE®, optometrists provide a one-time, comprehensive eye and vision assessment to infants in their first year of life, between the ages of 6 and 12 months, offering early detection of potential eye and vision problems at no cost regardless of income or ability to pay.

InfantSEE® addresses the ways in which providing comprehensive vision assessments will ensure that the infant vision health is developing properly while at the same time providing assurance to mothers that their infant is developing in a healthy manner with respect to their vision needs. Furthermore, InfantSEE® seeks to provide health promotion and education to mothers about vision health in hopes to decrease health disparities and reduce potential health expenditutres.

Utilizing various social marketing tools to address health education and promotion, the goal of the InfantSEE® program was to gain further knowledge about what means the public uses to take advantage of a collaborative program such as InfantSEE® while at the same time providing needed vision assessments to ensure healthy vision development in the infant as well as providing reassurance to mothers that their infant has healthy vision development.

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the InfantSEE program as it relates to infants and mothers. Assess the InfantSEE program as it pertains to mothers and infants in priority populations.

Keywords: Infant Health, Vision Care

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Program Manager for InfantSEE
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.