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AOA’s InfantSEE® program receives SCCO’s V-Award for special program achievement

November 29, 2012

AOA President Ronald L. Hopping, O.D., MPH, accepts the V-Award from SCCO President Kevin L. Alexander, O.D., Ph.D., and SCCO Board of Trustees Chair Gene D. Calkins, O.D., J.D.

InfantSEE®, a program administered by Optometry Cares® – The AOA Foundation, was honored by the Southern California College of Optometry (SCCO) with its distinguished V-Award for Special Program Achievement.

The national public health program was recognized at SCCO’s Shared Visions Gala and V-Awards on Sept. 20 at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, Calif., for its support of vision care for infants.

AOA President Ronald L. Hopping, O.D., MPH, accepted the V-Award from SCCO President Kevin L. Alexander, O.D., Ph.D., and SCCO Board of Trustees Chair Gene D. Calkins, O.D., J.D.

InfantSEE® celebrated its seventh anniversary in June 2012. Currently, there are more than 7,600 AOA-member volunteers who provide InfantSEE® assessments in all 50 states. Since the program’s inception, an average of 14,000 infants have been seen each year.

InfantSEE’s initial start-up and on-going funding has been provided by The Vision Care Institute, LLC, a Johnson & Johnson company, and two federal appropriations were received through Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia. The Allergan Foundation has also provided generous support for InfantSEE® events held at the schools and colleges of optometry.

The SCCO’s eye care centers in Fullerton and Los Angeles are InfantSEE® program providers.

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