Thought I’d post a link about the InfantSEE program from the American Optometric Association. They’re a public health program working to make vision screening a normal part of the infant wellness care. They recommend having children screened at 6 months of age, and in fact provide free infant eye assessments in the first year of a child’s life. I’m not sure if a 6 month screening would have made a difference for us – Zoe’s strabismus didn’t show up until 9 months, but providing assessments at no cost is a great service. I looked through their section of information for parents and read that 1 in 25 children develop strabismus, so Zoe’s eye problems are really not at all uncommon.
I did have to laugh at this quote in their section on why to have your child screened at 6 months:
The good news about a trip to the optometrist is that there are no shots or cold stethoscopes. While the doctor will be shining a light in the baby’s eyes, and may spray a mist on eyelids or use eye drops to dilate the baby’s pupils, many infants seem to enjoy the “games” they play as part of the professional assessment.
Ha! I think Zoe hated the dilating eye drops followed by bright light in her eyes far more than any shots she’s gotten.