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Did you know your infant needs eye exams, too?

At the Eye Center, Inc. we’re proud to be an InfantSEE provider, thanks to Dr. Madison Easterling. InfantSEE is a public health program, managed by Optometry Cares- The AOA Foundation designed to ensure that eye and vision care becomes an essential part of infant wellness care to improve a child’s quality of life. While Dr. Easterling loves seeing patients of all ages, this program allows her to provide a comprehensive eye assessment on infants between the ages of 6-12 months FREE of charge.

During the first few years of life, babies must learn to focus their eyes and move them together as a team which lays the foundation for many important developmental milestones. Therefore, undetected vision problems can have a significant impact on infant and childhood development.

InfantSEE provides early intervention using necessary specialized equipment and procedures – which are not available as part of most vision screenings. During an InfantSEE assessment, Dr. Easterling tests for excessive or unequal amounts of nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, eye movement ability, eye health problems, and discusses patients and family history.

“I love being a provider for InfantSee. It is a great screening program that allows us to diagnose vision and ocular problems before they negatively affect development,” said Dr. Easterling.

School screenings provide less than 4% of the eye tests needed to help children see and miss up to 75% of children with vision problems. Of the children found to have eye problems through screening, 61% never visit the doctor and get help. Before your child becomes of age for school, it is crucial to have their eyes examined and continue to do so through an optometrist annually.

Healthy eyes create a healthy future. Call us today at (941) 756-2020 to schedule your infant’s appointment.