“No deal” is no surprise to Illinois. August 2007, former Governor Blagojevich shocked supporters of better eye care for kids when he vetoed Senate Bill 641.
Two months later, Illinois legislators overrode his veto into law. Illinois became the third State in the nation to ensure all children starting school would have an eye exam by an eye doctor.
Too bad the intent of this law is not reflected in the final Rulemaking. Our suggestions to improve the State of Illinois form were rejected, and our concerns about the proposed Rule were ignored.
Here is a brief summary:
- Schools will only count the State of Illinois Eye Examination Report as proof of an eye exam. FYI… Parents can still submit the Vision First form to their child’s school in addition to the State form for kindergarten. The Vision First form can also be submitted for students in grades preschool through high school. Learn the benefits of using the Vision First form here…
- The Rule for the vision law from 1987 was repealed. School boards will no longer be encouraged to adopt a policy of required eye exams along with required health exams at grades 6 and 9. Isn’t academic learning estimated to be 80% visual?
- Also repealed in that Rule for the Vision Law of 1987 was the assurance that children on free and reduced lunch would get an eye exam. Instead of seeking help from non-profit groups such as Vision First and the Lions Club, the State is now promoting a waiver or a reason NOT to have an eye exam!
- When a child fails a school’s vision screening, parents will still receive the IDPH “Vision Examination Report.” I recommended this report be renamed to the what it really is… the IDPH “Vision Screening Report.” I pointed out the doctor’s section should be replaced with the use of the new “Eye Examination Report.” Guess what? IDPH said they wanted ONE FORM and that there would only be ONE FORM for eye exams. Geez… doesn’t this make two forms?
- The hottest diagnosis in eye care today is NOT included on the State form for starters. Also missing is “vision therapy,” a proven treatment option. Read the latest study on a common vision problem called convergence insufficiency or “CI” and vision therapy here. Important note: Vision therapy and CI are listed on the Vision First form.
“No deal” IS a big deal.
I love this quote: “If at first you don’t succeed, try another way.”
and I will.
Past posts about the Vision First form:
Here’s the deal… “Illinois” Hold ’em Style! May 18, 2009
Millions of children’s eyes are at stake. So here’s the deal… This was my last attempt seeking approval of our Vision First form by the Illinois Department of Public Health before the rulemaking was final for Illinois’ new eye exam law… in “Illinois” Hold ‘em style!
Vision First Form Rejected? April 19, 2009
Despite a resolution adopted by optometrists in 2007 in support of Vision First, Michael Horstman, the executive director of the Illinois Optometric Association (IOA), objected to Illinois accepting an alternate form for children’s eye exams. This post includes the Department’s objections countered by the Voice of Reason and Common Sense. Also includes many compliments!
Vision First form upgrades children’s eye care October 12, 2008
Includes the top ten benefits of using the Vision First form AND great comments from our first petition.
Dr. K’s Quest for the Vision First Form September 25, 2008
“Dr. K” was a founding honorary board member of Vision First. He was also one of the primary authors of the Vision First form with Dr. Floyd Woods, Dr. Floyd Mizener, and me. He quickly became one of my giants and mentors on this vision mission.
Vision First has a great form for eye exams. No Excuses. April 18, 2008
Every parent, school, and eye doctor can freely use the Vision First form for eye exams. This post holds the number one spot for most reads total.
Top Ten Reasons Why May 18, 2008
Here are the “Top Ten Reasons” why the Preschool and Student Comprehensive Eye and Vision Examination Report (Vision First form) should be approved.
Emergency Rule Needs 911 June 28, 2008
Here’s what I have to say about the emergency action taken by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and how it impacts you and the intent of the law.
We will miss you, Dr. Woods August 25, 2008
This was the hardest post for me to write. Our dear friend and loyal supporter passed away peacefully in his sleep after a long battle with cancer during the morning of August 25, 2008. Dr. Floyd Woods was one of the primary authors of the Vision First form with Dr. Floyd Mizener, Dr. Irving Kernis, and me.
Nanny state mandate? No way! August 20, 2008
The Chicago Tribune was in the dark about Illinois’ new eye exam law… until I turned the light on!
Check out this great video on a convergence insufficiency:
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