The InfantSEE program announced it will host a series of pop-up workshops this fall to educate young optometrists on real-world solutions.
Refresh me on InfantSEE.
Launched in 2005, InfantSEE is a national public health program designed to provide no-cost, comprehensive eye and vision health assessments for infants ages 6 to 12 months old—regardless of family income or insurance coverage.
The program is managed by Optometry Cares – The American Optometric Association (AOA) Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and supported by Optometry Cares Society, state affiliates, plus industry partners and foundations including Johnson & Johnson Vision (JJV), OneSight EssilorLuxxotica Foundation, , CooperVision, and others.
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There are currently 4,200 providers that have performed 167,000 assessments (with 18,000+ eye and vision conditions identified) since the program’s launch, according to InfantSEE.
Now talk about the workshops.
The upcoming workshops are based on two interactive workshops held during Optometry’s Meeting 2023 in June 2023 through the AOA+ program, where student and young OD members attendees experienced a short educational presentation and live demonstrations advocating for early detection and intervention via eye exams.
And these new events?
A total of four pop-up workshops (two in each location) will be held at the following places and times:
- Midwestern Regional Conference 2023 at Chicago College of Optometry at Midwestern University (September 15-16)
- Western Regional Conference 2023 at Southern California College of Optometry (October 6-7)
Gotcha. So what exactly does this program include?
InfantSEE providers across the United States provide a free, one-time visual assessment of infants. Registration is handled no differently than any other patient’s registration, excluding billing (see here for a searchable list of all current providers).
Providers are also encouraged to complete the program’s clinical reporting form (HIPAA-compliant) for each infant patient. Click here for an electronic version and here for where to send via mail, fax, or electronically.
Following the exam, providers should send a findings-report to the patient’s primary doctor.
How can ODs become an InfantSEE provider?
Click here to register.