Optometrists recognize that even when your patient can't verbalize what they are seeing, there are non-verbal cues that can be seen and observed through the developmental vision milestones that children reach as they grow - especially in the 6 - 12 month ages.
For most kids, their eyes develop normally - maybe with some slight prescription or astigmatism at a young age. However, Doctors of optometry are observing cases where infants and young children have gone to their primary care medical doctor, but are still missing easily recognizable, diagnosable, and treatable eye disorders that sadly have led to a lifetime of vision struggles that could have been totally preventable with the early detection and treatment that an INFANTsee Optometrist can provide.
The INFANTsee program through the American Optometric Association supports thousands of eye doctors like Dr. Stephanie Parrish who has performed hundreds of free infant exams over the past 15 years of practicing optometry and can testify to the life changing effect an infant eye exam can have on a child. Optometrists are uniquely equipped and qualified to perform these exams because it's their business - their professional specialty that they perform everyday.
INFANTsee Eye Exams are performed on infants between 6 months and 12 months of age and are free of charge at Up North Eye Care - no catch. Our hope is that through the thorough education and excellent vision care that we provide to our families and their children that they will see the blessing in trusting us and then allow us to care for the entire family. We love our patients and the relationships that form over the years. Our patients are worth investing in!