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Eye Wonder: What is InfantSEE?

InfantSEE is a program created by the American Optometric Association that allows for one no-cost eyehealth and vision assessment for all babies between six and twelve months with a participating optometrist. (We participate!)

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What happens during my baby’s InfantSEE exam?

During the InfantSEE exam, your baby’s vision, eye health, and binocularity (how well the eyes work as a team) are evaluated to make sure his or her eyes are developing properly. Obviously, examining an infant is different that examining an older child or adult, but basically, the doctor will use different techniques to assess these things.   I make sure that your baby’s eyes are properly aligned and can follow objects. I also use a special instrument called a retinoscope to determine if your baby has a large prescription or has a difference in prescription between the eyes. Mild, gentle dilating drops will be put in the baby’s eyes to make the pupils larger so I may look inside of the eyes to make sure everything is developing properly. Usually the exam takes about an hour total (including time for the eyes to dilate) and the best time to schedule is when your baby is most alert, fed and happy! A bottle is sometimes desirable for the end of the exam when I am looking inside the eyes (seems to keep them calmer). Again, this is for infants between 6-12 months, but I’ve found 10 months is about the right age.

Here is a link to the InfantSEE website for more information.

 

-Dr. Rachel Merriman