Posted by: Janet Hughes | May 18, 2008

Top Ten Reasons Why

website-photo-mark-at-pool-2The Vision First Preschool and Student Comprehensive Eye and Vision Report for Illinois references “Amy’s Law,” Illinois Public Act 93-0504. Vision First is currently seeking to add the reference to the new eye exam requirement, Public Act 95-0671, to this form.

Here are the “Top Ten Reasons” why the Vision First form should be approved:

10. Parents, schools, and eye doctors have been successfully using the form since 2003. The first version, called the “Preschool and Student Vision Examination Report,” was created over five years ago because there wasn’t a state form for only eye exams.

9. The Vision First form was updated to meet the new eye exam law. The minimum requirements for an eye exam (history, visual acuity, subjective refraction to best visual acuity near and far, internal and external examination, and a glaucoma evaluation) are found on the updated “Preschool and Student Comprehensive Eye and Vision Examination Report.”

8. The Vision First form exceeds the state’s minimum requirements. It’s not just a form for an eye exam. It’s a form for a complete eye and vision evaluation. Eye health, visual acuity, refractive evaluation, and visual efficiency are titled to show what a complete exam by an eye doctor should include.

7. The Vision First form emphasizes visual efficiency. Visual efficiency is the area which is most often the cause of vision problems that affect reading, learning, and school performance.

6. The Vision First form was created for the parent and teacher. The definitions on the form give the eye exam purpose and meaning. A completed report will help a teacher provide an excellent educational program. Successful treatment depends on parent compliance and cooperation from the school.

5. The Vision First form is part of the “Kids Eyes Count Campaign.” The “Kids Eyes Count Campaign” is simple and free. Prewritten letters for eye exams and vision screenings accompany the form.

4. The Vision First form has an added bonus—a “Reference Page.” The “Reference Page” has valuable information to further explain a comprehensive eye and vision examination.

3. The Vision First form is versatile. It can be used from preschool through high school, from vision screening failures to recommended and required eye exams. A form with both laws represented will make it easier for parents, schools, and eye doctors. The Vision First form could be used to meet two laws.

2. The Vision First form fulfills the intent of the law. Senate Bill 641 was initiated to ensure every child entering kindergarten would have an eye exam. A completed Vision First report signed by an optometrist or ophthalmologist should be acceptable by the state as proof of that eye exam.

1. Parents and schools deserve a choice. Opponents of required eye exams have kept the minimum eye exam requirements at the minimum. An alternate form should be available. The Vision First form raises the standards to ensure a complete exam by an eye doctor is performed. No child should experience school with an undetected vision problem.

Academic learning is estimated to be 80% visual. A comprehensive eye and vision examination ensures healthy eyes and good vision—a child’s best school supply.

Support the approval of the Vision First Preschool and Student Comprehensive Eye and Vision Examination Report.


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  1. Why is it so difficult to get something approved when it is a huge benefit for the children? This could solve potential learning problems. I like a comprehensive form because it will help the teachers and students.

  2. I hope and pray the Department of Public Health and the State Board of Education will recognize the value of Vision First Foundation and approve the Vision First report form. 🙂

  3. I am so glad that Vision First has come to the rescue. Why were vision screenings started in the first place? Vision screening does not diagnose nor treat a problem. Vision screening is an ineffective program that costs the taxpayers millions of dollars.

    It’s about time comprehensive eye and vision examinations are encouraged.

  4. And thank YOU, Dr. Mizener, for coming to MY rescue! When I first embarked on this mission almost six years ago, I had no idea there was strong opposition working against something good for the children. Thank you for taking the time to share your wisdom and experiences over the past fifty years. You are an inspiration to me! 🙂

  5. I agree with Dr. Mizener. Vision screenings caused problems for two of my grandchildren. In today’s economy, why are ineffective government programs continued?

  6. WHY is your state govt against using this form? Why are you getting so much opposition, and do you have any direct quotes from any elected state officials, ie, legislators? I’ll sign it but I’m a resident of Alaska and I’m pretty sure that the State of Illinois won’t accept my signature. Alaska won’t accept your signature for our petitions; gotta be a resident!

  7. oh … here’s how I got some petitions done: invite over 5 friends, have them BYOP .. Bring Your Own Phonebook! COLD CALL businesses that can relate to the need, then cold call EVERY parent at each caller’s school (use the PTA phone list, or school list, whatever you can get), THEN … cold call people from the phone book! Set your goal for twice what you need and you just might get the numbers you need!

  8. Thanks, Terry, for your great comments. I really don’t have a good answer to your good question, “Why is the State against the form?”

    I’m anxious to see what happens when First Notice ends. I hope and pray DPH and SBE recognize our efforts and approve the use of our form. It’s a win-win for the State and Vision First.

    And thanks for your great tips for successful petition signing. Wish you lived closer…I’d have BYOP party definitely! 🙂

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