Study Shows Positive Impact of Mandatory Preschool Eye Exams

Orlando, FL – Mandatory preschool eye examination and treatment in Kentucky has had a positive impact on early academic performance, particularly in school districts in which residents are of a lower socioeconomic status, according to research presented by Anthony J. Bisotti, BA, at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry.

“Critics of mandatory preschool vision screening raise a number of objections, including questioning whether good vision is even necessary for learning,” said Bisotti, a fourth year sutdent at the Indiana University School of Optometry, Indianapolis.

“In 2000, a law was passed in Kentucky requiring preschool examination and treatment but, to our knowledge, the only study investigating any effect of this law focused only on cost-benefit. Now, our research shows that compared with children unaffected by the mandatory preschool screening law, children receiving early vision care performed significantly better on standardized performance testing,” Bisotti said.

“Furthermore, our findings suggest that providing vision examination and treatment to children in lower socioeconomic groups helps above and beyond the additional attention they receive through state-and-federal-mandated efforts involving increased teacher education and resources for reading,” he added.

Bisotti collaborated in this research with fellow fourth-year student, Joseph Bowling, BS, under the direction of Richard E. Meetz, OD, MS.

Authored by Cheryl Guttman, Optometry Times, January, 2010, Vol. 2, #1 pg. 1

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  3. That law is great. I wish I’ve done that preschool examination when I was at my preschool age. At our time, we don’t have high education and equipments for the eye doctor. Indianapolis have a great education for eye doctors now!

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