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COMPREHENSIVE EYE AND VISION EXAMINATIONS
WHEREAS, It is estimated that one-in-four school-aged children have a vision problem; and
WHEREAS, Undiagnosed and untreated vision impairments during the important formative years of a child’s development can interfere with learning and contributes to poor performance in school; and
WHEREAS, Vision screenings are limited, cannot provide a diagnosis nor prescribe treatment, and can only identify possible vision problems, thus leaving the children not identified at risk with undetected and untreated eye or vision problems; and
WHEREAS, Eye and vision problems, including amblyopia, a loss of vision which develops after constant suppression of vision of one eye and usually needs to be diagnosed by the age of 6 years in order to prevent the leading cause of monocular blindness in children and young adults, are best detected and treated early; and
WHEREAS, Vision screening is not a substitute for a complete eye and vision evaluation by an eye doctor; now therefore be it
RESOLVED, That (your state) Teachers Union, urge school officials, state health departments, and technicians administering vision screenings to notify parents, before a vision screening is conducted, with a disclaimer that states: “Vision screening is not a substitute for a complete eye and vision evaluation by an eye doctor;” and be it further
RESOLVED, That (your state) Teachers Union, urge schools to encourage parents to have their children undergo comprehensive eye and vision examinations by an eye doctor before entering school and throughout the school-aged years; and be it further
RESOLVED, That (your state) Teachers Union, support legislation requiring an eye examination, by an optometrist or ophthalmologist, for all children entering kindergarten (or first grade) as a necessary prerequisite to academic learning.