ST. LOUIS, Feb. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Most Americans are unaware that one in 10 infants in the U.S. has an undetected vision problem which, if left untreated, can lead to developmental delays, permanent vision problems and in rare cases, life-threatening health risks. Although most parents are aware that vision disorders can be detected in infants, few take action. Only 18 percent of parents who participated in the American Optometric Association’s (AOA) 2011 American Eye-Q®survey report taking their infant to an eye doctor for a comprehensive assessment before the child’s first birthday.
An infant’s visual development is critical between six and 12 months of age. Therefore, InfantSEE®,a year-round public health program developed by Optometry Cares® – The AOA Foundation and Vistakon, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., was designed to provide professional eye care for infants nationwide at no-cost, regardless of family income, insurance or number of eligible children.