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States Fall Short on Vision Care

By Vaishali Honawar — August 09, 2005 1 min read
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Undiagnosed and untreated vision problems in children can lead to permanent vision loss and learning difficulties, yet 19 states currently require no preventive vision care for school-age children, concludes a report. The report, released by the Alexandria, Va.-based Vision Council of America, takes a close look at state and federal efforts to prevent vision problems in children.

The report also found that 29 of the 31 states that do require a vision screening do not mandate a follow-up eye exam for children who fail the screening. Only one state—Kentucky—requires all children to receive an eye examination by an eye doctor before entering elementary school, according to the report.

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A version of this article appeared in the August 10, 2005 edition of Education Week

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