Posted by: Janet Hughes | June 4, 2008

IDPH Posts New Eye Exam Form

CBR003284One hundred and fifty-one days. That’s how long parents, schools, and eye doctors have been waiting for a state-approved vision form since the new eye exam law took effect January 1, 2008.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) finally released the State of Illinois Eye Examination Report which is now required that all children entering kindergarten (or the first grade enrolled in Illinois) complete for the 2008-2009 school year. What do you think?

Unfortunately, IDPH declined to approve the Vision First report form before the rule-making process begins. IDPH filed an emergency rule with the Secretary of State this week along with an assumed accompanying permanent rule. A 45-day public comment period opens once the proposed permanent rules are posted in the Illinois Register.

We need your help. The Vision First form is part of our Kids Eyes Count Campaign. This all-in-one form can also be used for recommended eye exams and the vision screening notification required in “Amy’s Law.” Doesn’t it make sense to accept the Vision First form as proof of an eye exam, too? After all, it’s been successfully used for over 1,825 days!

Will you help us? Stay tuned here for further information on how you can make a difference in the eyes of a child.

Copyright (c) 2008 Vision First Foundation. All rights reserved.


  1. Thanks for the update, Janet. You and Vision First are doing a great job keeping parents informed on vision awareness for our children.

    Keep up the great work!


  2. Thanks, Mark, for your support and encouragement. It’s good to know that parents appreciate our efforts at Vision First. Our children deserve better than what they’ve been getting! 🙂

  3. Janet,
    It would really be in the best interest of Illinois students if the Vision First form was approved because of its strong emphasis in visual efficiency skills, which as we know now, are the primary causes of learning related vision problems often overlooked by most eye doctors today.

  4. I agree. The Vision First form exceeds the new law and should be approved.

    The emergency rule’s reason for notice states: “In the absence of a complete eye test, common pediatric vision problems may go undetected and limit a child’s ability to learn and succeed, and, in some cases, can be misdiagnosed as a learning disability or behavioral problem.”

    Once more, the Vision First form should be approved. Anything less is a disservice to our children and the intent of the law. 😦

  5. I applaud your committment and perseverance. To me it is simple…Is it good for children?

    A comprehensive eye and vision exam is better than good, while screenings have caused needless problems. The Vision First form would be very good for children. It exceeds the State form.

  6. I like your simple question, Nora…Is it good for the children?

    I hope the State of Illinois and the remaining states in the nation recognize the simple fact that what we’re doing at Vision First IS good for the children! 🙂

  7. I agree with Nora…screening programs cause many problems and should be eliminated.

  8. Having practiced general optometry for 40+ yrs in IL, I could never rationalize a mandatory dental exam and NO mandatory comprehensive eye exam for school children. Do kids learn with their teeth or with their eyes and ears? What benefit is it if a child has perfect teeth, but an accommodative esophoria or suppression? Who will best diagnose these conditions?

  9. Right on, Dr. Lyons. Kids learn with their eyes and ears, not their teeth. I’d like to add that false teeth can still chew, but a false eye cannot see.

    Do you like the name of our organization? Vision should be first. 🙂

  10. Excellent site, keep up the good work!

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