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    Filed at 5:06 pm under by dcobranchi

    Anything the State can do that makes it more onerous for HEKs to re-enroll in the g-schools is a good thing:

    Almost every child in Illinois will get a complete vision exam this year thanks to Amy Hughes’ eyes.

    Her mom, Janet Hughes, kick-started legislation that replaces in-school or doctor’s office screenings with full-fledged optometrist examinations.

    Starting this school year, all kindergartners and children entering Illinois schools from out of state or home school must provide proof of an optometric exam by Oct. 15.

    5 Responses to “PLEASE DON’T STOP”

    Comment by
    Nance Confer
    July 14th, 2008
    at 7:50 am

    Remember when eye exams were provided by the school? It was like they wanted you to be able to see!


    Comment by
    July 14th, 2008
    at 9:38 am

    Otherwise known as the Ophthalmologist Full Employment Act of 2008…

    Really, though, kids should have a real eye exam prior to age 5. Breck would be blind in one eye today if we hadn’t done so. We didn’t know anything was wrong, our Pede just thought is was a good idea for all kids to have a full exam prior to age 5. It was correctable with glasses and now he is 20/20 without any help.

    Comment by
    July 14th, 2008
    at 1:46 pm

    So now it’s the school’s fault she didn’t have her kid’s eyes checked? “Why didn’t they catch that”, indeed. Why didn’t SHE catch that? I agree with Chris, just like dental appointments, at least one eye exam before school-age is a great idea. But to legislate it? Are they going to provide some kind of vouchers for those whose insurance doesn’t cover it, or who don’t have insurance?

    Comment by
    July 14th, 2008
    at 3:39 pm

    Good lord. How is this the school’s’ business? I understand wanting to catch and correct vision problems early–that’s what the doctor’s office screening is for, right?–but I’m not sure why families should be forced into any health procedure that doesn’t have an impact on the health of the larger group (e.g., vaccinations).

    Or maybe I’m just extra-sensitive ’cause I know if we were g-schoolers in Illinois it would be just another $300 strain on our underinsured wallets…

    Comment by
    JJ Ross
    July 15th, 2008
    at 2:41 pm

    Seems to me the alternative aproach is worse, not tying such evolving child welfare standards to school enrollment and just directly legislating them for all children, period. Then it would be justified along the lines of mandatory car seats we have to buy for infants (only if we want to drive them anywhere!)

    The actual eye exam cost will probably be subsidized publicly and/or privately for anyone who really can’t afford it, as are car seats.