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New Evidence-Based Research Shows that Universal Comprehensive Eye Exams Would Help More Children Succeed in School
Date:8/12/2009

ty, & Multicultural Affairs at Indiana University. "Clear and comfortable vision is essential for learning, and the country would be well-served to make sure children's eye exams are accessible and required."

Given the data surrounding this public health emergency, the Commission recommends agencies at the federal, state and local levels collaborate with academia, business, providers and the public to create a comprehensive child vision care system to ensure all children are assessed for potential eye and vision problems before entering school and throughout the school years. In addition to universal access to vision care, the Commission recommends a point of accountability within local public health agencies, a national education campaign, and ongoing data collection to monitor the use and efficacy of child vision exams.

Specifically, the commission supports a national child vision care system that:

  • Includes child vision health care in key legislation at the federal and state levels.
  • Assures adequate comprehensive coverage of child vision care services by all public and private insurers and payers.
  • Establishes a child vision health categorical program linked to the Title V MCH Block Grant within the Maternal and Child Health Bureau in the Health Resources Service Administration (HRSA), Health and Human Services (HHS).
  • Develops a national set of children's vision guidelines for screening and examinations and assure these guidelines are adopted by all states.
  • Implements and funds a national clearinghouse for child vision health within the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Enhances and fully funds national campaigns to encourage early identification of child vision problems and to prevent injuries from sports and toys.
  • Designs and implements an ongoing data system that monitors prevalence of child vision problems to
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