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 An InfantSEE® assessment between six and 12 months of age is recommended to determine if an infant is at risk for eye or vision disorders. Since many eye problems arise from conditions that can be identified by an eye doctor in the infant's first year of life, a parent can give an infant a great gift by seeking an InfantSEE® assessment in addition to the wellness evaluation of the eyes that is done by a pediatrician or family practice doctor. The InfantSEE is exam is a no-cost assessment.

One in every 10 children is at risk from undiagnosed eye and vision problems, yet only 13 percent of mothers with children younger than 2 years of age said they had taken their babies to see an eye and vision care professional for a regular check-up or well-care visit. Moreover, many children at risk for eye and vision problems are not being identified at an early age, when many of those problems might be prevented or more easily corrected. Some 4.02 million children were born in 2004, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In approximately 4 percent, strabismus will develop, and amblyopia will develop in 3 percent-this equates to as many as 100,000 infants born each year who are at risk for serious eye and vision problems.

Early intervention is critical to successful and cost-effective treatment. Despite the nation's present system of preschool vision screening, there exists a lack of understanding by the public of the importance of periodic professional eye and vision assessments. Unfortunately, during the course of their young lives, most children probably never see an eye care practitioner who can provide the kind of professional eye assessment necessary to identify critical eye and vision problems at an early stage, explain those conditions to parents, and provide the care necessary to correct those problems.

The profession of optometry fulfills one of its public health goals by providing infant eye and vision health through the InfantSEE® program. Optometry's Charity™ - The AOA Foundation and The Vision Care Institute™, LLC a Johnson & Johnson company launched InfantSEE® in 2005, as a first-of-its-kind national program to provide children with professional eye and vision care earlier in life.

Call to schedule your baby for an InfantSEE assessment today!!

 

 

OCT Image Gallery

This past week we have received our newest addition to the Draisin Vision Group Family~ our OCT! Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is one of the latest and greatest types of imaging technology for the eye.  OCT is used for taking cross-sectional pictures of the retina, optic nerve and cornea. Each of the ten layers in the retina can be detected.  OCT allows us to measure the thickness of each layer to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of retinal diseases and conditions.  It is used to diagnose and follow treatment in certain eye conditions and diseases. Such conditions include age-related macular degeneration, pre-retinal membranes, macular swelling, macular holes, cystoid macular edema, central serous retinopathy, glaucoma, and optic nerve damage. We pledge to stay on the forefront of our profession through the newest technology and education available and we are very excited to bring this advanced imagining to the Draisin Vision Group!

What to expect at your visit with the OCT: The testing time is very short and non-invasive.  You will be seated for the test facing the equipment, viewing at a small target in the equipment. We will use a special camera to take pictures of your inner eye.  The images are transmitted to a computer for us to view and analyze.

Retina 101

 The retina is a multi-layered sensory tissue that lines the back of the eye.  It contains millions of photoreceptors that capture light rays and convert them into electrical impulses.  These impulses travel along the optic nerve to the brain where they are turned into images.  There are two types of photoreceptors in the retina:  rods and cones.  The retina contains approximately 6 million cones.  The cones are contained in the macula, the portion of the retina responsible for central vision.  They are most densely packed within the fovea, the very center portion of the macula. Cones function best in bright light and allow us to appreciate color. There are approximately 125 million rods.  They are spread throughout the peripheral retina and function best in dim lighting.  The rods are responsible for peripheral and night vision. The OCT helps us to detect any type of disruption in the retinal layers secondary to pathology.

 

 

 

 

Buddy WalkI want to be the one of the first to welcome you to our new website and newest feature: our blogs!! It has been an absolute pleasure being part of the Draisin Vision Group and the Charleston community over the past 3 years. A big part of our mission at the office is to make your visits with us the best experience you have ever had in an eye care setting.  

We have made a deep commitment to our community over the past year with volunteering and taking part in fund-raisers as on office. We believe it all starts with us. The better we can make our communities, the happier place it is for all. I just wanted to share with you the joy of some of the activities we have participated in the past year…..

  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Buddy Walk supporting the Down Syndrome Association
  • Carolina Children’s Charity Race/Walk
  • South Carolina’s Special Olympics’ Opening Eyes Program
  • Participating in Title One School Vision Screenings and Exams
  • Vision Screenings at Healthy Aging Week   
  • Collecting Christmas gifts for a family in need