Resolution J1975-2013

Commemorating the 8th Anniversary of InfantSEE

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  • May 21, 2013: ADOPTED
  • May 21, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • May 17, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating the 8th Anniversary of InfantSEE,
the nationally recognized public health program developed by the  Ameri-
can Optometric Association that provides a one-time, no-cost eye assess-
ment for infants who are six to twelve months of age

WHEREAS,  The  sense of sight is one of our most precious gifts, and the
most critical stages of vision development occur in the first year of  a
child's life; and
  WHEREAS,  Undetected  eye  and  vision  problems can lead to permanent
vision impairment or loss of life; and
  WHEREAS, According to the Centers of Disease Control  and  Prevention,
one  in  eight children is at risk from undiagnosed eye and vision prob-
lems; and
  WHEREAS, Amblyopia (i.e., "lazy  eye"),  for  instance,  is  the  most
common  cause  of  vision  impairment in children, is a leading cause of
vision loss in people younger than 45 years of age, and affects approxi-
mately 489,000 New Yorkers; and
  WHEREAS, One in 25 children will develop strabismus  (i.e.,  "crossed-
eyes"), a risk factor for amblyopia; and
  WHEREAS,  Undetected vision problems can contribute to a decrease in a
child's quality of life and may lead  to  developmental  and  behavioral
difficulties which impede classroom learning; and
  WHEREAS,  Early  detection of vision problems is the best way to treat
and prevent permanent vision impairment; and
  WHEREAS, Since the inception of InfantSEE in 2005, hundreds of doctors
of optometry in New York State have volunteered their time and expertise
to participate in the program with the objectives  of:  identifying  and
treating  risk factors that may have an adverse effect on eye and vision
health; reducing the impact of eye and vision conditions that  may  lead
to  impairments  or loss of sight that may also affect a child's social,
emotional, and cognitive development; and  educating  parents  regarding
the importance of eye care for their children; and
  WHEREAS,  On  April 26, 2013, the State University of New York College
of Optometry will be conducting a community-wide  InfantSEE  program  at
the college; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 8th Anniversary of InfantSEE, and to commend the Infant-
SEE program and the efforts of doctors of optometry of  New  York  State
for  dedicating  their  expertise  and  services  to the children of our
State; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the State University of New York College of Optometry.

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