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NECO Faculty Promote Early Vision Screenings Quarterly ICC Meeting

On January 14, 2016, Bruce Moore, OD and Gayathri Srinivasan, OD, New England College of Optometry, along with Kathy Majzoub, Northeast Regional Director of Prevent Blindness, presented findings of their research and work on early vision screenings and intervention at the Massachusetts Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC) Quarterly Meeting. The ICC is a statewide government agency comprised of parents, providers, and representatives from higher education, the medical field, and government. The organization advises and assists the Department of Public Health on Early Intervention.

Their presentation, Optimizing Vision Development through Early Intervention, was a result of collaborations formed through the work of the Children’s Vision Massachusetts Coalition. It sought to provide expert guidance to support the vision health of children from birth to age three who receive Early Intervention Services. The ages three to five are seen as critical in identifying and treating vision issues for young children.  To help support this early intervention, NECO faculty have been collaborating on research with professionals around the country focusing on the efficacy of early vision screenings.

At the meeting, Kathy Majzoub detailed the work being done by the coalition.  Dr. Moore discussed the Vision in Preschoolers (VIP) study and Dr. Srinivasan presented the Birth to 3 Project.  Learn more about Dr. Srinivasan’s research on approaches to vision screenings for children from birth to age three.  Members of the ICC were invited to become involved in the Birth to Three Project and to ask questions about early vision screenings, diagnosis, and treatment.

Pictured are Darla Gundler, Director, Early Intervention Parent Leadership Project and the Massachusetts Interagency Coordinating Council Staff, Dr. Gayathri Srinivasan, Dr. Bruce Moore and Kathy Majzoub, RN, MBA, Northeast Regional Director, Prevent Blindness