- Available year-round
- Provides no-cost exams by an eye doctor who has the instruments and resources not available to general-care doctors like pediatricians and family physicians
- Detects potential problems that, if undetected, may lead to learning and developmental issues later
- Gives new parents the peace of mind that their infant’s vision is developing properly
Prevalence of Vision Problems and Eye Diseases That Will Develop in Children
- One in 10 children overall is at risk from undiagnosed vision problems.
- Only 14 percent of children from infancy to age 6 have a comprehensive eye assessment from an eye care professional.
- One in 30 children will be affected by amblyopia – often referred to as lazy eye – a leading cause of vision loss in people younger than 45 years.
- One in 25 will develop strabismus – more commonly known as crossed-eyes – a risk factor for amblyopia
- One in 33 will show significant refractive error such as near-sightedness, far-sightedness and astigmatism
- One in 100 will exhibit evidence of eye disease, such as glaucoma
- One in 20,000 children have retinoblastoma (intraocular cancer) the seventh most common pediatric cancer
- From 2006-2007, one in nine infants assessed showed an overall need for concern, which required follow-up or referral to a specialist
Clinical Data Demonstrating the Need for InfantSEE
- Current red reflex screening, as performed by pediatricians or family physicians, appears to be ineffective in detecting early retinoblastoma as over 80 percent of patients had their presenting sign detected by a family member or friend.
- The majority of vision problems detected through InfantSEE assessments include retinoblastoma (eye cancer), severe hyperopia (farsightedness), myopia (nearsightedness), congenital glaucoma and congenital cataract .
- Babies born prematurely and those from ethnic minority backgrounds were at greatest risk for abnormal prescription status.
- The Avon Longitudinal Study of Pregnancy and Childhood (ALSPAC) reported that intensive screening performed 6 times between ages 8 months and 37 months by an eye care professional led to a decrease in :
- Amblyopia, which was three times less likely after treatment – from 1.8 percent to 0.6 percent
- Residual amblyopia from 25 percent to 7.5 percent after treatment
- A study reported by the American Academy of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) in 2007 found that infants and toddlers whose amblyopia was detected by age two years had substantially better treatment success than children whose amblyopia was detected between ages two and four years .
- The proportion of children with the condition and the severity of amblyopia increases with each preschool year, from one to five years.
- The added economic value in America for amblyopia care is estimated to be $27.9 billion. InfantSEE estimates that scheduled visual examinations cost approximately $4.8 billion per year.
How can you check the eyes of an infant?
Because infants cannot respond to “which is better 1 or 2”, special lenses and a light are used to evaluate the reflex of the infant’s eyes to determine an approximate prescription. Another instrument is used to look at the retina (the back inside of the eye) to ensure the eyes are healthy. Eye alignment is also evaluated to look for an eye turn (strabismus). Dr. Miller also checks for a lazy eye (amblyopia) during her evaluation.
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