In partnership with the Allergan Foundation, the Illinois College of Optometry and the Illinois Eye Institute are hosting an InfantSEE event Friday, Sept. 6 to educate the public on eye and vision health in infants, particularly on the importance of early detection and treatment. Early detection is imperative in treating and preventing vision problems in infants and children, yet fewer than one in five infants receive a first-year eye assessment.
This event features a special appearance by actor, singer, composer, writer and producer Tom Sullivan, who has been blind since infancy. After attending Harvard, Sullivan appeared on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson more than 60 times, sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the 1976 Super Bowl and competed in triathlons. His acting credits include appearances on such TV shows as “Touched by an Angel,” “Designing Women,” “Fame” and “M*A*S*H.”
The itinerary for this event is as follows:
1-1:30 p.m. Registration and refreshments in the Lecture Center foyer and Library
1:30-3:30 p.m. Songs, stories and challenges by Tom Sullivan in the Lecture Center. There will also be a raffle featuring a $100 Visa gift card, a Kindle Fire and an iPad (winners must be present).
3:30-4:30 p.m. Reception with food, beer and wine in the Library
The InfantSEE program provides no-cost eye and vision assessments for infants between the ages of six and 12 months, regardless of family income or access to insurance. Managed by Optometry Cares – The AOA Foundation, InfantSEE is a public health program designed to ensure that eye and vision care become an integral part of infant wellness and to improve children’s quality of life.