Celebrating InfantSEE at Pacific University

The Pacific University College of Optometry hosts two free events Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, in support of InfantSEE.

In support of these events, Governor Kitzhaber has signed a proclamation declaring Nov. 2013 InfantSEE Month in Oregon.

Community Presentation

1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 11
Jefferson Hall, rooms 223-224
For families, healthcare providers, educators, etc.

Faculty, Staff & Student Presentation

6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 11
Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center
For members of the colleges of Optometry, Health Professions and Education

Award-winning actor, author and composer Tom Sullivan brings his message of hope and possibility to Pacific University, as he also shares information about InfantSEE, a free eye care program for babies.

Sullivan has been blind since shortly after birth. As he grew up, he and his father developed “Sullivan’s Rules,” the rules to play by in the sighted world. He’s an excellent golfer, snow skier and marathon runner, a singer and composer with numerous appearances on The Tonight Show, a published author, a television actor and a motivational speaker.

Sullivan will share his story, and he will be joined by a panel of experts who will discuss the importance of eye and vision care for infants.

“One in four kids start school with undiagnosed vision problems, often ones that, if caught early, can be treated,” said Dr. Jenny Smythe, dean of Pacific’s College of Optometry.

InfantSEE helps babies get the screenings they need to identify such problems and other eye diseases. A program of the American Optometric Association Foundation, InfantSEE is a network of eye care providers who offer free screenings and vision care for infants in their first year of life.

All of Pacific University’s EyeClinics (Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Cornelius, Beaverton, Portland, as well as at the Washington School for the Blind in Vancouver, Wash.) are InfantSEE providers, as are many of Pacific’s alumni. To find a provider in your area, search by zip code at infantsee.org.