Marvin Gaye’s classic hit describes my thoughts and feelings about many things wrong in our world today. Where is love, peace, and doing what’s right? Children suffer enough from crime and abuse. Hidden vision problems doesn’t need to be one more.
Amblyopia (lazy eye) is the leading cause of vision loss in children and young adults. Vision screenings do not diagnose amblyopia or any other eye or vision problem. Why are vision screenings promoted? What’s going on?
5 DPT or DPaT doses; 4 Polio doses; 1-4 Hib doses; 3 Hepatitis-B doses; 2 Measles doses; 2 Varicella doses; 1 Mumps dose; and 1 Rubella dose. These typical vaccines are required for all children starting kindergarten. Experts estimate learning in school is 80% visual. Why aren’t eye exams by an eye doctor included? What’s going on?
Federal bill H.R. 577 wants to spend 65 million dollars on vision screening referrals. National Eye Institute’s VIP Study reports vision screenings failed to refer 32 to 63% of vision problems. Why are ineffective programs continued? What’s going on?
Illinois is the only state with a vision screening disclaimer or “Amy’s Law.” Kentucky, Missouri, and Illinois are the only states with required eye exams for children starting school. North Carolina passed the same law in 2005 but it was repealed the next year. The Department of Public Health (DPH) hasn’t approved the rule for Illinois’ new kindergarten requirement. Is this the 1800’s or the 21st century? What’s going on?
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), and American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) denounce optometric vision care and vision therapy. Published in a Position Paper in 1972, 1981, and 1998, medicine advocates vision screenings and ignores the evidence of the link between vision and learning, and classroom struggles. Why are these medical doctors misleading parents, educators, and legislators? What’s going on?
Thank you Marvin Gaye and the MTV All Stars for this great song. I agree with you.
What’s going on?
There IS a better way.
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