Local optometrists are giving free eye and vision assessments through Friday to infants 6 to 12 months old.
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 cataract.
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 Road, Suite 109, Charleston, 795-6464
--Charlie Turner, 250 Seven Farms Drive, Suite A, Daniel Island, 471-2733
--Melvin Watsky, 425 Redbank Drive, Goose Creek, 797-1264
--Robert Wilds, 105 Wappoo Creek Drive, Suite 4B, James Island, 795-7971
--Sherry Gilmer, 484 North Highway 52, Suite 101, Moncks Corner, 482-2020
--Emily Curry, 709C 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., Suite 5, Mount Pleasant, 856-4775
--Francis Shealy, 7643 Rivers Ave., Suite 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 Highway, Walterboro, 549-2565
To learn more about InfantSEE, visit www.InfantSEE.org or call 877-252-2447.