Lori Nishida-Eugenio, OD, FCOVD -  - Optometrist

Burbank Optometric Center, Inc.

Lori Nishida-Eugenio, OD, FCOVD

Optometrist located in Burbank, CA

InfantSEE® Specialist

As a caring and compassionate eye care professional in Burbank, CA, Dr. Nishida is proud to offer InfantSEE®, a program developed to provide early detection of potential eye and vision problems in babies between six and 12 months of age at no cost to their parents.

InfantSEE® Q&A

by Lori Nishida-Eugenio, OD, FCOVD

What is InfantSEE®?

InfantSEE® is a public program that provides comprehensive eye exams to children during their first year of life, between the ages of six and 12 months. The exams are available to all children at no cost to the families. The goal of the program is to ensure that regular eye care becomes a routine part of childhood healthcare so children can avoid serious vision issues and grow and develop properly, as well as enjoy a better overall quality of life.

What is the purpose of InfantSEE®?

InfantSEE® was developed to identify risk factors that can have an impact on vision and eye health, including risk factors associated with amblyopia (often called “lazy eye”), a condition that affects as many as 1 in 30 children and can cause difficulties in development as well as permanent vision loss. The program also aims to educate parents about the need for pediatric eye exams and care and the important role routine eye exams play int heir child's health and development.

Why does my baby need to see the eye doctor?

Good vision habits are skills that are learned over time, specifically during the first year of life. Problems that exist during this critical stage can have a lifelong impact on a child's development as well as their vision and ocular health. Seeing an eye doctor during that first year of life is the best way to catch problems early so they can be corrected.

Who developed the InfantSEE® program?

InfantSEE® was developed as a collaborative effort among three groups: the American Optometric Association, The Vision Care Institute of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., and Optometry’s Charity™ – The AOA Foundation. Burbank Optometric Center is a proud participant in the InfantSEE® program, providing no-cost eye exams and care for babies throughout the Burbank area.

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At Burbank Optometric Center we are proud to be a member of the American Optometric Association and to be enrolled as InfantSEE® providers. This is a one-time service which offers early detection of potential eye and vision problems at no cost regardless of income or ability to pay.

InfantSEE® is a public health program, to ensure that optometric eye and vision care becomes an integral part of infant wellness care to improve a child’s quality of life.

The Program’s Mandate 

  1. Identify and treat risk factors that may have adverse effects on eye and vision health.
  2. Reduce the impact of amblyopia (presently 1 in 30) and other conditions that may lead to impairments and/or loss of sight, or affect a child’s spatial and cognitive development, through early identification.
  3. Educate parents about the importance of eye care for their children.
    1. Visual Acuity
    2. Refractive Status
    3. Eye Movement
    4. Eye Alignment/Binocular Potential
    5. Eye Health

In an effort to encourage infant eye and vision assessments and ensure they are accessible to everyone, the American Optometric Association (AOA), and The Vision Care Institute of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., and Optometry’s Charity™ – The AOA Foundation, partnered to create InfantSEE®, a no-cost public health program developed to provide professional eye care for infants nationwide.

Through InfantSEE®, Optometrists provide a one-time, comprehensive eye and vision assessment to babies in their first year of life, usually between the ages of 6 and 12 months, offering early detection of potential eye and vision problems at no cost regardless of income or ability to pay.

The Program’s Goals

Though babies can’t talk, optometrists use their clinical education, training, and experience, along with instruments such as lighted toys to provide non-invasive eye and vision assessments for infants.

According to new data collected by the American Optometric Association (AOA) there is a growing need for early vision examination in infants. The data showed that two groups at greater risk for visual concerns were premature babies and minority babies.

Stages of Vision Development

Most parents believe that vision is something that just develops naturally, and therefore does not need to be checked until school-age when it has already fully developed. The truth is that vision is learned – and the most critical stages of vision development occur in the first year of life.

AGE
VISION
At Birth
  • Focus on objects less than a foot away, such as mom's face when nursing

By 3 Months
  • Follows moving objects and reaches for things
  • It is normal for a child's eyes to not always track together for first 6-8 weeks.

By 6 Months
  • Both eyes should focus equally; brainwaves can demonstrate ability to see 20/20 detail
  • Eye/body coordination skills develop

By 9 Months
  • Eye contact begins to replace physical contact
  • Eye/body coordination skills develop further

By 12 Months
  • Uses both eyes to judge distance

Insurance

The cost of routine eye exams and prescription eyewear can be of real concern, especially for large families. In many cases, vision insurance can lower these annual expenses. A vision insurance policy is not the same as health insurance. Regular health insurance plans protect you against financial losses due to unexpected eye injuries or disease. Vision insurance, on the other hand, is a wellness benefit designed to provide routine eye care, prescription eyewear and other vision-related services at a reduced cost.

Because we provide both medical and routine eye care, we accept a number of insurance plans to help cover the cost depending on your individual needs. Here are just some of the plans that we accept:

In-Network Medical Plans: Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and Medicare.

Vision Plans we accept: Vision Service Plan (VSP) and EyeMed

CareCredit
EyeMed
Medicare
VSP
Testimonials

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Location
Burbank Optometric Center, Inc.
1032 North Hollywood Way
Burbank, CA 91505
Phone: 818-296-0898
Fax: 818-846-3204
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