240333 InfantSEE®: An early look at vision health of infants in the United States, implications for healthy vision

Wednesday, November 2, 2011: 11:10 AM

Glen T. Steele, OD FCOVD , Professor, Pediatric Service, Southern College of Optometry, Memphis, TN
Mark Schwartz, MPH
InfantSEE®, a national public health program designed to provide a comprehensive eye examination to infants 6-12 months of age regardless of income, insurance availability or geographic location is currently participating in a 2 year national outreach effort to detail and assess the overall health condition of infant vision in this country. Data from the last three years indicate that the rate of causes for concern has increased from 1 in 10 in 2007 to 1 in 7 in 2010. Data from previous outreach (2009) indicated that 1 in 6 infants had a vision disturbance in specific geographic locations across the country. In addition, data collected from states not involved in the specificied outreach efforts is detailing higher rates of prevalence for vision disturbances that if left untreated could pose significant issues. Overall, the number of vision disturbances that are being reported through InfantSEE® services across the country is increasing.

Learning Areas:
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs

Learning Objectives:
Identify and asses the latest data and observations from the InfantSEE program. Additional assessment into the 2011 HRSA InfantSEE week project.

Keywords: Vision Care, Infant Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Fellowship - Gesell Institute of Child Development 42 years of caring for infants and young children
Any relevant financial relationships? Yes

Name of Organization Clinical/Research Area Type of relationship
InfantSEE InfantEye Care InfantSEE Committee member

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.