Mississippi Optometrists Partner With Governor Barbour in Improving Infant Eye and Vision Care

No-cost, comprehensive eye and vision assessments provided by InfantSEE® Program

Sep 23, 2011, 09:00 ET from InfantSEE

JACKSON, Miss., Sept. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Due to the overwhelming number of children with eye and vision problems across the United States, Mississippi optometrists are devoting appointments throughout the year to no-cost, comprehensive eye and vision assessments for infants between six to 12 months of age through InfantSEE®.  To call attention to and emphasize the importance of this effort, Governor Haley Barbour has proclaimed September 24 through October 1, 2011 InfantSEE® Week in Mississippi.

"The most critical stages of vision develop in a child's first year of life, and undetected eye and vision problems can lead to permanent vision impairment, loss of life or a decrease in a child's quality of life," said Governor Barbour. "I encourage the citizens of Mississippi to participate in InfantSEE® Week by scheduling a comprehensive eye and vision assessment for their infants."

InfantSEE®, an ongoing public health program developed by Optometry Cares® - The AOA Foundation and Vistakon, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., was designed to provide professional eye care for infants nationwide at no-cost, regardless of family income or number of eligible children.  

One in 10 infants is at risk from undiagnosed eye and vision problems, which, if undetected, could lead to permanent vision impairment, and in rare cases, life-threatening health risks.  However, only 14 percent of children from infancy to age six have had a comprehensive eye assessment from an eye care professional, according to the American Optometric Association's Pediatric Eye and Vision study. In Mississippi, great strides are being made to ensure that potential eye and vision problems are detected early. Infant eye assessments have been available in the state since the InfantSEE® program launched in 2005.

"Many parents are surprised to learn that a child's eyes are going through so many important developmental stages so early in life," said Dr. Susanne Cunningham, a Mississippi optometrist and InfantSEE® provider. "It's the ideal time to detect eye and vision problems before conditions worsen or cause developmental delays."

"I discovered the InfantSEE® program from a family friend and I am so glad I did because our optometrist found signs of lazy eye in my daughter's eyes," said Heather Ward, a local mother of Hailey, 18 months.  "After doing the eye exercises the doctor prescribed for Hailey, her eyes were functioning normally by her next appointment. Given my experience, I know how critical it is to have infants' eyes examined. In fact, I created business cards about the InfantSEE® program and I give one to every mom I meet!"

The InfantSEE® program launched in 2005 with support from former President Jimmy Carter, honorary national spokesperson. To date, more than 8,800 optometrists nationwide volunteer their time to provide assessments to babies in their communities.  The majority of vision problems detected include severe hyperopia (farsightedness), myopia (nearsightedness), congenital glaucoma and congenital cataract.  A less common vision problem that can also be detected during an infant's comprehensive eye assessment includes retinoblastoma (eye cancer).

In an effort to ensure healthy vision and eye health in Mississippi infants, parents can bring their infant for a no-cost assessment at participating optometrists' offices by appointment. 

Biloxi/Gulfport

Dr. Gregory Loose

1113 Central Avenue East

Wiggins, MS 39577

601-928-3914


Dr. W. Earl Malone

715 A Division Street

Biloxi, MS 39531

228-374-4993


Columbus

Dr. Joshua Bostick

107 Town Creek Drive

Saltillo, MS 38866

662-869-1779


Dr. Julie Brock

107 Town Creek Drive

Saltillo, MS 38866

662-869-1779


Dr. Julie Brock

484 W. Bankhead Street

New Albany, MS 38652

662-534-0101


Dr. James Brooks

3545 BlueCutt Road

Columbus, MS 39705

662-327-2020


Dr. Amy Crigler

6 Professional Plaza

Starkville, MS 39759

662-323-3330


Dr. Susanne Cunningham

1823 5th Street N

Columbus, MS 39705

662-328-5225


Dr. David Curtis

1823 5th Street N

Columbus, MS 39705

662-328-5225


Dr. Reagan Ford

706F Highway 12 West

Starkville, MS 39759

662-323-0571


Dr. Sarah Fratesi

6 Professional Plaza

Starkville, MS 39759

662-323-3330


Dr. Joshua Hatfield

1310 Walker Street

Fulton, MS 38843

662-862-6727


Dr. Jacob Ivey

500 North Church Street

Louisville, MS 39339

662-773-3494


Dr. Jacob Ivey

200 S. Jefferson

Macon, MS 39341

662-726-6111


Dr. Emily Nail

500 North Church Street

Louisville, MS 39339

662-773-3494


Dr. Allison Norwood

484 W. Bankhead Street

New Albany, MS 38652

662-534-0101


Dr. George Powell

812 N. Jackson

Houston, MS 38851

662-456-2020


Dr. Thomas Powell, Jr.

607 B Earl Frye Boulevard

Amory, MS 38821

662-256-9711


Greenwood/Greenville

Dr. Allison Lord

224 Virginia Street

Indianola, MS 38701

662-887-3671


Dr. Wilburn Lord, Jr.

239 S. Washington Avenue

Greenville, MS 38701

662-332-0163


Hattiesburg/Laurel

Dr. Jason Beddingfield

620 Highway 15, Suite A-1

Laurel, MS 39440

601-649-4106


Dr. Evan Davis

1431 W. 10th Street

Laurel, MS 39437

601-649-1437


Dr. Watts Davis

1431 W. 10th Street

Laurel, MS 39437

601-649-1437


Dr. Jacob Ivey

16 South 6th Street

Bay Springs, MS 39422

601-764-2120


Dr. Alvaro Moreno

598 Highway 42

Petal, MS 39465

601-450-3937


Dr. Ronald Mozingo, Sr.

6096 US Highway 98, Suite 1-A

Hattiesburg, MS 39402

601-261-2467


Dr. Scott Paladichuk

5003 Hardy St. Tower B, Suite 402

Hattiesburg, MS 39402

601-268-5690


Jackson

Dr. Karmen Crawford

301 Northlake Avenue, Suite 101

Ridgeland, MS 39157

601-707-5255


Dr. Arthur Dampier, Jr.

8 Professional Parkway, Suite A

Ridgeland, MS 39157

601-957-8444


Dr. Tara Dew

59 Veteran's Memorial Drive, Suite B

Kosciusko, MS 39090

662-289-1067


Dr. Tonyatta Hairston

1316 N. State Street

Jackson, MS 39202

601-987-3937


Dr. Dewey Handy

1815 Hospital Drive, Suite 410

Jackson, MS 39204

601-373-0714


Dr. Linda Johnson

3502 W. Northside Drive

Jackson, MS 39207

601-362-5321


Dr. Philip Marler

201 Highway 16 East

Carthage, MS 39051

601-267-9351


Dr. Michael Phillips

6704 Old Canton Road

Ridgeland, MS 39157

601-957-9292


Dr. Bobby Pankey

815 Highway 80E

Clinton, MS 39056

601-924-4444


Dr. Kimberly Ragan

127 Grand View Boulevard

Madison, MS 39110

601-853-7640


Dr. Michael Rasmussen

6704 Old Canton Road

Ridgeland, MS 39157

601-957-9292


Dr. Michael Reed

450 5th Avenue SW

Magee, MS 39111

601-849-5004


Dr. Steven Reed

450 5th Avenue SW

Magee, MS 39111

601-849-5004


Dr. Lawrence Routt

107 S. Natchez Street

Kosciusko, MS 39090

662-289-4131


Dr. Megan Sumrall

210 Court Square

Lexington, MS 39095

662-834-2982


Dr. Angela Thomas

59 Veteran's Memorial Drive, Suite B

Kosciusko, MS 39090

662-289-1067


Dr. Bradley Thompson

143 West Third Street

Forest, MS 39074

601-469-3441


Memphis

Dr. Sean Aldinger

6947 Crumpler Boulevard, Suite 100

Olive Branch, MS 38654

662-893-3300


Dr. Nicole Monroe

6947 Crumpler Boulevard, Suite 100

Olive Branch, MS 38654

662-893-3300


Dr. David Parker

6947 Crumpler Boulevard, Suite 100

Olive Branch, MS 38654

662-893-3300


Dr. Eric Randle

130 W. Van Dorn Avenue

Holly Springs, MS 38635

662-252-3323


Dr. Sallye Scott

119 S. Main Street

Sardis, MS 38666

662-487-1316


Dr. Sallye Scott

306 W. Main Street

Senatobia, MS 38668

662-562-6446


Dr. Glen Stone

365 Highway 51 North

Batesville, MS 38606

662-563-9883


Dr. William Strickland

2167 South Lamar Boulevard

Oxford, MS 38655

662-234-6683


Dr. Michael Weeden

3201 Gaines Road

Corinth, MS 38834

662-286-8860


Meridian

Dr. Minh Duong

4721 26th Avenue

Meridian, MS 39305

601-485-2020


Dr. Jacob Ivey

1054 Airpark Road

Philadelphia, MS 39350

601-656-3296


Dr. Jacob Ivey

107 Cecatur Street

Newton, MS 39345

601-683-3241


Dr. Jacob Ivey

109 Main Street

Union, MS 39365

601-774-9529


Dr. Emily Nail

1054 Airpark Road

Philadelphia, MS 39350

601-656-3296


Dr. Emily Nail

107 Cecatur Street

Newton, MS 39345

601-683-3241


Dr. Emily Nail

109 Main Street

Union, MS 39365

601-774-9529


New Orleans

Dr. Bethany Harrington

1249 S. Main Street, Suite C

Poplarville, MS 39470

601-795-0137


Dr. David Schwarz

3300 N. Highway 11 North, Suite A

Picayune, MS 39466

601-798-3164



InfantSEE® assessments are complementary to the routine well-care exams a baby receives from a pediatrician or family physician.  Optometrists have the training to identify areas of risk that are critical to vision development and the skills to identify conditions that might not be detected in a routine pediatric wellness exam.  In some cases, conditions may need to be monitored, immediately treated or referred to a pediatric eye specialist.  

To learn more about InfantSEE® visit www.InfantSEE.org or call toll free 888-396-EYES (3937).

About InfantSEE®

InfantSEE® is a public health program managed by Optometry Cares – The AOA Foundation. Designed to ensure that eye and vision care become an integral part of infant wellness and improve a child's quality of life, doctors of optometry provide one-time, no-cost eye and vision assessment to infants between the ages of 6 and 12 months regardless of family income or access to insurance coverage. For more information, visit www.infantsee.org.

About the American Optometric Association

American Optometric Association doctors of optometry are highly qualified, trained doctors, on the frontline of eye health and vision care, who examine, diagnose, treat, and manage diseases and disorders of the eye. In addition to providing eye and vision care, optometrists play a major role in an individual's overall health and well-being by detecting systemic diseases. Doctors of optometry have the skills and training to provide more than two-thirds of all primary eye care in the United States. The American Optometric Association represents more than 36,000 doctors of optometry, optometry students and paraoptometric assistants and technicians in nearly 6,500 communities across the country.  For more information, visit www.aoa.org.

Contact:
Kate Cox
(312) 255-3040
kate.cox@hillandknowlton.com

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