Local optometrists are giving free eye and vision assessments through Friday to infants between six to 12 months.
InfantSEE, a public health program that provides professional eye care for infants regardless of family income or number of eligible children, launched in 2005 and includes nearly 8,000 optometrists nationwide.
One in 10 children is at risk from undiagnosed eye and vision problems, which if undetected, could lead to permanent vision impairment, according to InfantSEE. The majority of vision problems detected include retinoblastoma (eye cancer), severe hyperopia (farsightedness), myopia (nearsightedness), congenital glaucoma and congenital cataracts.
Parents can call a participating optometrist to make a free appointment or visit the mobile clinic, which will accept walk-ins from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Friday, the mobile clinic will be at Cathedral of Praise, 3790 Ashley Phosphate Road, North Charleston, and on Saturday, it will be at Seacoast Church, 750 Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant.
Local participating optometrists include:
Michele Donovan, 2015 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., Charleston, 763-2247
Neil Draisin, Jennifer Smith, 1470 Tobias Gadson Blvd., Suite 115, Charleston, 556-2020
Joseph Pitcavage, 675 St. Andrews Blvd., Charleston, 763-2270
Michael Zolman, 325 Folly Rd., Suite 109, Charleston, 795-6464
Charlie Turner, 250 Seven Farms Dr., Ste. A, Daniel Island, 471-2733
Melvin Watsky, 425 Redbank Drive, Goose Creek, 797-1264
Robert Wilds, 105 Wappoo Creek Dr., Ste. 4B, James Island, 795-7971
Sherry Gilmer, 484 N. Highway 52, Ste. 101, Moncks Corner, 482-2020
Emily Curry, 709 C Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant, 849-0800
Lori Donovan, Janet Monaco, 805 Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant, 971-6300
Betsy Fraser, Diane See, Mason Smith, 966 Houston Northcutt Blvd., Mount Pleasant, 881-2492
Rachael Click, 1118 Park West Blvd., Ste. 5, Mount Pleasant, 856-4775
Francis Shealy, 7643 Rivers Ave., Ste. D, North Charleston, 797-073
Justin Dungan, 717 Old Trolley Road, Unit 3, Summerville, 843-1889
Leslie Patterson, 9880 Dorchester Road, Summerville, 851-0280
Kirsten Harwood, 1009 Bells Hwy., Walterboro, 549-2565
To learn more about InfantSEE®, visit InfantSEE.org or call (877) 252-2447.