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Kids Welcome Here®
Kids Welcome Here® is a multi-pronged education campaign designed by the Pennsylvania Optometric Association (POA) to increase the number of children who receive eye examinations from optometrists. The campaign is based on the premise that educated parents will take their children for early, regular comprehensive eye examinations, and that optometrists are the key to providing the necessary education to parents and others who provide care to children. Kids Welcome Here
Pennsylvania Diabetic Eye Health Alliance
The Pennsylvania Diabetic Eye Health Alliance (PDEHA) is a program designed to target known public health concerns surrounding the care for diabetes. It is designed to improve the care to underserved diabetic patients, specifically addressing the optometric evaluation of the diabetic patient and disease management issues such as timeliness, accessibility of care, professional communication, quality management, delivery system cost efficiencies and clinical outcomes. This program and its participating health care professionals will devote serious and sustained effort to deliver comprehensive and expedient diabetic eye care and intercommunicate the information to all those involved in the patient's care. Kids Welcome Here
InfantSEE®
InfantSEE® is a public health program designed to ensure that eye and vision care becomes an integral part of infant wellness care to improve a child's quality of life. Under this program, which will be available in Summer 2005, our member optometrists will provide a comprehensive infant eye assessment within the first year of life as a no cost public health service. InfantSEE
VISION USA™
VISION USA™, started nationwide in 1991, is a program developed by doctors of optometry who are members of the American Optometric Association. VISION USA™ helps the 40 million working uninsured low-income Americans and their families who have no other means of obtaining care by providing basic eye health and vision care services free. VISION USA