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ISPB and Prevent Blindness Illinois recommend a continuum of eye care for children to include both vision screening and comprehensive eye examinations. All children, even those with no signs of trouble, should have their eyes and vision screened at regular intervals.
IL Vision Screening Mandate
Vision screening must be provided annually for preschool children 3 years of age or older in any public or private educational program or licensed child care facility, and for school age children in kindergarten, second and eighth grades; are in special education class; have been referred by a teacher; or are transfer students. These screening services are required in all public, private and parochial schools.
A completed and signed report form, indicating that an eye examination by a doctor specializing in diseases of the eye or a licensed optometrist has been administered within the previous 12 months, is acceptable in lieu of the screening requirement.
IL Eye Exam School Requirements
All students enrolling in kindergarten, and any student enrolling for the first time in a public, private, or parochial school in Illinois (with the exception of preschoolers) must have an eye examination. A licensed optometrist or medical doctor who performs eye exams (such as an ophthalmologist) must perform the exam. This eye exam requirement is separate from the annual vision screenings provided in all public, charter, and private schools in Illinois, described in the IL vision screening mandate above. The required form must be submitted by Oct. 15 of the current school year. An eye exam that has taken place during the year prior to the first day of school is valid for this requirement.
If you need help finding an eye doctor, please contact Prevent Blindness for vision care financial assistance information at 1-800-331-2020.