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Study show positive impact of mandatory preschool eye exams

Posted on: Friday, February 12, 2010

Keywords: pediatric vision screening

By Cheryl Guttman, Reviewed by Anthony J. Bisotti, BA
Optometry Times, January 2010

Orlando, FL—Mandatory preschool eye examination and treatment in Kentucky has had a positive impact on early academic performance, particularly in school districts in which residents are of a lower socioeconomic status, according to research presented by Anthony J. Bisotti, BA, at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry.

“Critics of mandatory preschool vision screening raise a number of objections, including questioning whether good vision is even necessary for learning,” sad Bisotti, a fourth-year student at the Indiana University School of Optometry, Indianapolis.

“In 2000, a law was passed in Kentucky requiring preschool examination and treatment, but to our knowledge, the only study investigating any effect of this law focused only on the cost-benefit. Now, our research shows that compared with children unaffected by the mandatory preschool screening law, children receiving early vision care performed significantly better on standardized performance testing,” Bisotti said.

“Furthermore, our findings suggest that providing vision examination and treatmetnTo children in lower socioeconomic groups helps above and beyond the additional attention they receive through state and federal-mandated efforts involving increased teacher education and resources for reading,” he added.

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