5134.0 Seeing for the Future (co sponsored by Vision Care and Maternal Child Health Sections)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011: 10:30 AM
Session summary: This session includes information about 1) a Massachusetts initiative focused on developing new state-wide systems, standards and practices to support the universal delivery of comprehensive children’s vision services; 2) a vision program providing eye exams, glasses, and eye health education to students throughout the Detroit metropolitan area; 3) InfantSEE, a national public health program designed to provide a comprehensive eye examinination to infants 6-12 months of age; and 4) the importance of visual development in social and emotional developmental milestone attainment.
Session Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to: 1. Discuss the need for systematic monitoring of vision screening and follow-up care in the child population, as well as improved communication between families, eye care providers, and medical and educational personnel. 2. Identify barriers to comprehensive vision care among children. 3. Discuss the prevalence of vision disturbance among children and differences across geographic locations. 4. Identify links between vision and social and emotional developmental milestones in childhood.
Ruth Perou, PhD

10:30 AM
An analysis of the current state of children's vision care in Massachusetts - Massachusetts (MA) Pilot: National Center for Children's Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness America
Catherine A. Johnson, OD, Stacy A. Lyons, OD, Bruce Moore, OD, Jean E. Ramsey, MD,MPH, Paula Dobrow, RN, MSN, Karin McClure, BS, Tom Miller, Katherine Majzoub, RN, MBA and Rashmi Dayalu, MPH

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Organized by: Maternal and Child Health
Endorsed by: Vision Care Section

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH) , Masters Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES)