Centene Charitable Foundation Awards Grant to Optometry Cares - The AOA Foundation
Friday, January 12, 2018 12:18 AM
ST. LOUIS—Optometry Cares –The AOA Foundation
announced that the Centene Charitable Foundation
, based here, gave a $150,000 grant to the InfantSEE program
in an effort to make a difference in the vision health of children. According to Optometry Cares, vision disorders are the fourth most common disability in the U.S. and the most prevalent handicapping condition during childhood. A trained optometrist can examine infant eye development as early as six to 12 months of age. These early assessments help identify developing eye conditions and diseases, allowing for treatment and possible prevention of life-long vision complication.
“We extend our heartfelt appreciation to the Centene Charitable Foundation for providing generous support of our efforts to provide education about the importance of regular eye care for children,” said Brittany Broombaugh, director, Optometry Cares—The AOA Foundation.
Nearly 4,000 InfantSEE optometrists examine thousands of infants annually for normal eye development and to intervene early if necessary. To date, more than 139,000 babies have been seen and approximately 10 percent have been identified for greater concerns and follow-up.
Centene’s grant will be used to expand awareness of the InfantSEE program among new parents through print advertising, brochures, signage and displays, and online efforts over the next three years.