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InfantSEE® joins community event to promote importance of early vision interventions

October 23, 2013
Kristi Remick-Waltman, O.D., Western University assisstant professor of optometry; Tom Sullivan; Elizabeth Hoppe, O.D., Dr.PH, MPH, Western University of Heath Sciences College of Optometry founding dean; and  Glen Steele, O.D., InfantSEE® Committee chair.

Kristi Remick-Waltman, O.D., Western University assisstant professor of optometry; Tom Sullivan; Elizabeth Hoppe, O.D., Dr.PH, MPH, Western University of Heath Sciences College of Optometry founding dean; and Glen Steele, O.D., InfantSEE® Committee chair.

Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry worked with the Pomona Unified School District to coordinate the “Hand 2 Hand” community event, which included a special presentation by the InfantSEE® committee. Local elected officials attended the presentation by a panel of vision experts from Western University and involved infant and child development speakers.

The activities resulted in:

  • 500 children receiving free backpacks with school supplies
  • More than 100 vision screenings by Western University of Health Sciences students
  • More than 100 health screenings and physicals
  • Education on the importance of eye exams at an early age thanks to InfantSEE®
  • Clothing donations and smiles.

The weekend of events also included the Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry hosting “An Inspirational Evening with Tom Sullivan” on the campus in Pomona, Calif.

The special event promoted the importance of vision and infant wellness.

The InfantSEE® event was sponsored by the Allergan Foundation and featured entertainer and vision advocate Tom Sullivan.

He was joined by InfantSEE® Committee Chair Glen Steele, O.D.

The InfantSEE® school event allowed students and the public to hear first-hand from participating ODs and Tom Sullivan about the importance of vision and its effects on child development.

Not only did they learn more about the InfantSEE® program, but they heard how the program continues to make a difference in the lives of families and infants in local communities.

The presenters shared how they can become part of the university’s partnership to advance the mission of expanding eye health and vision care access for everyone in the United States, helping to advance human performance and improve the quality of life of those who are most vulnerable.

Visit www.infantsee.org for more information about getting involved in the program.

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