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KIDS SEE:
SUCCESS

ADVOCACY

A US initiative advocating for higher vision standards in schoolchildren

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KIDS SEE: SUCCESS

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LATEST UPDATES

  1. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy once again declared August 2021 “Children’s Vision and Learning Month.” With the re-opening of schools throughout New Jersey and our nation, we're encouraged by the state's proclamation recognizing the effects of uncorrected vision problems on children's learning and academic performance, thus the importance of comprehensive eye exams.
     

  2. The Pennsylvania General Assembly introduced a bill that will require children to have a vision screening or an eye health examination in order to enroll them into kindergarten or first grade, and annually until a child completes the fifth grade and at least every two years thereafter. House Bill No. 1343 was introduced by Rep. Zimmerman and 30 co-sponsors on May 14, 2021. 
     

  3. Back-to-school must include a renewed focus on vision. 
    Even though school may look a little different this year, we must encourage legislators and parents to prioritize children’s vision and continue to work on the gains that have been made.

     

  4. Optometry Giving Sight (OGS) recently made a generous financial commitment to the Vision Impact Institute to further the work of Kids See: Success. The continued support of OGS will allow for the expansion of the initiative to new states to ensure that more children will have access to the good vision they need to start their education on a foundation that leads to future success.
     

  5. NJ Senate Introduces Children Eye Exam bill. In January 2020, Senators Ruiz and Turner re-introduced the children’s comprehensive eye exam bill. S1032 was introduced in the 219th Legislature and referred to the Senate Education Committee for discussion.

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Academic performance and children’s vision are inextricably linked. Experts cite that up to 80% of all learning occurs visually, leaving kids with poor vision at a major disadvantage. In 2016, the Vision Impact Institute, in partnership with Optometry Giving Sight and others, launched Kids See: Success, an initiative designed to advocate for eye exams for children before they enter kindergarten. Today, our work engages several states, ensuring good policies for the future of children’s vision. For more information, contact Judith Williams.

CHILDREN'S VISION EXAM POLICIES IN THE UNITED STATES

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States with existing comprehensive eye exam policies for children

States proposing eye exam policies for children or with existing mandates/recommendations for eye exams following failed vision screenings

KIDS' VISION RESOURCES

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

How Teachers Play a Role in Observing Poor Vision at School

How Parents Play a Role in
Observing Poor Vision at Home

The Effects of School Disruption on Children's Vision

The Connection Between Children’s Fitness and Vision Health

Together, we can give vision a voice for children around the world.
View additional video stories from parents and teachers.

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