The following article appeared on the Talking Books Librarian blog and is reposted for your convenience.
Are you familiar with the InfantSEE program? From the website:
"The American Optometric Association encourages parents to include a trip to the optometrist in the list of well-baby check-ups. Assessments at six to twelve months of age can determine healthy development of vision. Early detection of eye conditions is the best way to ensure your child has healthy vision for successful development, now and in the future. InfantSEE is a public health program designed to ensure that eye and vision care becomes an integral part of infant wellness care to improve a child's quality of life."
The assessments are free, and InfantSEE encourages all infants to be screened. I spoke with an optometrist who participates in this program, and she told me the assessment they do is very comprehensive, similar in scope to ones they do with adults and older children. And yes, it's all free, regardless of income! So, if you know of anyone with a child who would qualify for this free program, please encourage them to visit the website: http://infantsee.org. You can search for local providers who participate in this free program. Please be sure to spread the word! It just may save a child's eyes!