Friday, May 29, 2015

School exams for kids in Kentucky


Over 15 years ago Kentucky lawmakers passed into law a requirement that all children entering the public school system (preschool, headstart, kindergarten, or transfer from another state) to have a comprehensive eye exam by an Optometrist or Ophthalmologist.  As you can imagine this sparked a fierce debate as opponents to the law tried to portray this as a money making scheme by doctors.

The reality of the situation is that up to 13% of children ages 0-5 have some sort of vision condition.  That number jumps to 25% after 5 years of age.  In studying early childhood development, the Kentucky General Assembly identified problems with vision as one of the major factors in limiting children’s abilities to learn and succeed.*

I know personally that as a parent you think you know everything there is to know about your child, but I cannot count how many parents stare blankly at me when I tell them about their child’s vision problems after telling me they are only here because the school made them have the exam. 

When the child can’t see some of the bigger letters and the parents are saying “come on, you know those letters,” it isn’t because they don’t KNOW the letters, it is because they can’t SEE the letters. 
At Koby Karp Doctors Eye Institute we want to give you the most complete portrait of your child’s vision.

To learn about how our exam differs from the vision screening performed at the school or pediatrician office go to our website and see the process.  http://www.louisvillelaser.com/kids-club/#kidexam

Get a jump on getting your little one’s eyes examined and schedule an appointment by calling 897-1604 today!

Dr. Stroud

*Information from: http://www.kyeyes.org/morenews.cfm?news_id=174

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