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AOA Focus January/February 2014

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36 AmericAn optometric AssociAtion • AoA.org Now 10 years old, Kyler's vision is stable. Within the past year, he was able to forgo glasses for contact lenses, allowing him to play football and other contact sports for the first time. "Had we gotten Kyler a vision check within that first year, he would not have had to do the hours and hours of therapy, and he would have had better vision," Mya says. "I chat up the InfantSEE program with anybody we know who has a baby so they don't have to go through what we went through." the next generation of optometrists White volunteered to share her family's story at Pacific Univer- sity College of Optometry as part of a new InfantSEE initiative. The program is partnering with schools of optometry to educate students about the importance of comprehensive eye assessments for infants ages 6 to 12 months. Supported by the Allergan Foundation, the initiative allows for four to six educational work- shops a year at optometry schools across the country. The two-day programs, which began in 2012, aim to make students comfort- able performing infant exams and inspire them to include infant vision as a core service in their future practices. Dr. Steele leads each work- shop. He tells the students to "think of their patients in terms of taking care of them throughout their lifetime, rather than think- ing of them as a series of medical problems." He is joined at each event by Tom Sullivan, an American actor, singer and motivational speaker who was born prematurely in 1947 and became blind aer being given too much oxygen. Ashley Gentrup, O.D., says the workshop reminds students of the extraordinary impact they can have in patients' lives. Dr. Gentrup, a May 2013 graduate of Southern College of Optom- etry who now is a resident at at Bowersox Vision Center in Shelbyville, Ky., helped organize an InfantSEE workshop at her school in 2012. "It's easy to get myopic while in school and focus solely on each test or assessment and lose the big picture of the reasons why we chose optometry," she says. "There are so many things want to learn how to incorporate infantsee ® into your practice? view dr. shannon Franklin's youtube video: bit.ly/1hwFr8X. JeFF mAlet, western university oF heAlth sciences

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