InfantSEE: Scoping Out the National Application of this Public Health Program

Title InfantSEE: Scoping Out the National Application of this Public Health Program
Author, Co-Author Ashley Zinser, Alissa Proctor
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Great Hall Foyer
Abstract Purpose. Developed by the American Optometric Association, InfantSEE is a program that provides the opportunity for infants, ages six to twelve months, to receive a no-cost, comprehensive eye examination to ensure adequate visual abilities and prevent amblyopia. When vision disorders are left untreated, learning barriers can occur and lead to poor school performance. Reasons behind those not participating in the InfantSEE program are explored in an effort to help guide the AOA in program improvements.

Methods. A survey was created using Survey Monkey SELECT and distributed to alumni of U.S. optometry schools and members of U.S. optometric state associations. Twenty-two total questions were asked to the participants. The survey addressed InfantSEE providers and non-providers. Statistical analysis and regression analysis was performed.

Results. 578 optometrists participated in the survey. Of the participants surveyed, 81.56% felt qualified to perform infant examinations, however only 55.69% of participants are currently InfantSEE providers. The most prevalent reasons for not becoming an InfantSEE provider were feeling that optometrists are devaluing the profession by not billing for services, current practice modality, and being uncomfortable in providing infant care.

Conclusion. The majority of non-providers choose not to participate in InfantSEE because there are no financial incentives. With the introduction of the Affordable Care Act, vision care for children under 18 years of age is listed as an essential benefit. Therefore, it is concluded that, in the future, the focus of the AOA’s InfantSEE program should shift to marketing the importance of infant eye examinations rather than providing no-cost eye care.
Affiliation of Co-Authors NSUOCO