In the state of Illinois, it is required for all children enrolling in kindergarten in a public, private, or parochial school and any student enrolling for the first time in a public, private, or parochial school to have an eye examination. An eye examination shall at a minimum include history, visual acuity, subjective refraction to best visual acuity near and far, internal and external examination, and a glaucoma evaluation, as well as any other tests or observations that in the professional judgment of the doctor are necessary.
Additionally, vision screening services shall be provided annually for:
1) All preschool children 3 years of age (or older) in any public or private educational program or licensed child-care facility.
2) All school age children who are in kindergarten, second and eighth grades; in all special education classes; referred by teachers; and transfer students. Vision screening is recommended in grades 4, 6, 10 and 12.
Vision screening tests shall be conducted in accordance with rules and regulations of the Department of Public Health, and by individuals whom the Department of Public Health has certified. Here at Shvartsman Eyecare, P.C., we are fully equipped and certified to perform these examinations and screenings should your child need one for school.
Student Eye Report
Here at Shvartsman Eyecare, P.C., we are proud to offer pediatric eye examinations. Children should have their first eye exam around the age of six months. If the first exam finds that their eyes are healthy, they won’t need another appointment until they are between the age of two and three.
Although many schools offer annual eye exams, they are not complete visual exams and the results can be inaccurate. For this reason, you should schedule yearly or bi-yearly examinations to ensure that your child’s eyes are healthy and that he or she can see clearly.
Pay attention to these five symptoms because they can indicate vision problems in children:
- 1. Rubbing the eyes
2. Excessive blinking
3. Frequent squinting
4. Regular headaches
5. Shutting one eye to focus
Any time you think your child is having vision trouble, it is important for you to schedule an appointment. You want the problem addressed early so that you can get your child back on track. As with most conditions, early detection can make the solution much easier than it would be if you were to wait to take your child to see the doctor and allow the problem to develop into something worse.
Since we want our patients to be comfortable in our office, we do everything we can to ensure that their visit goes smoothly. Our entire staff and doctors are dedicated to the health of your child’s eyes (and yours!).