The 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.
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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