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September 30, 2013

SUNY Doctors Educate Weill-Cornell Clinicians about InfantSEE

Last July Associate Clinical Professor, Dr. Andrea Thau and Associate Professor and Chief of Pediatric Services at the University Eye Center, Dr. Ida Chung addressed a group of 30 pediatric residents at the Weill-Cornell Medical Center about the InfantSEE® program.  This was the first such collaboration between the SUNY College of Optometry and Weill-Cornell Medical and was an outgrowth of the highly successful InfantSEE® event held at the College last spring.

The presentation by Drs. Thau and Chung was designed to foster an exchange of knowledge and promote the importance of early eye examinations for infants. Early eye examinations are essential in the diagnosis and treatment of ocular and visual disorders that can affect the overall development of a child and impact the child’s social, motor and speech skills. The InfantSEE® program, a public health program coordinated by volunteer AOA member optometrists, provides one no-cost vision assessment of a baby’s eye and vision health between the ages of 6 and 12 months. 

SUNY Optometry is proud to be an active participant in the InfantSEE® program since its inception.  To date, more than 100,000 babies have been examined through the nationwide InfantSEE® program.  Discussions such as the one conducted by Drs. Thau and Chung at Weill-Cornell, have helped to increase the visibility of this important program among physicians and other health care practitioners across the United States.