Object to proposed rule by Oct. 18, 2008


On September 5, 2008, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) posted the proposed rules for Illinois' new eye exam law.  IDPH claims the State of Illinois Eye Examination Report shall be the only form accepted as proof of this required eye exam.  We disagree.

The law states an eye exam shall be recorded on "uniform forms which the Department of Public Health and the State Board of Education shall prescribe for statewide use."  During the public comment period of this rulemaking process, we are seeking for the Vision First form to be one of the prescribed forms for statewide use.

The Vision First form is part of the Kids Eyes Count Campaign created over five years ago.  A completed Vision First report will help a parent and teacher provide an excellent educational program for a child.  Prewritten letters accompany the form to make it easy for schools to use from preschool through high school, from vision screening failures to recommended and required eye exams.  Vision First also pledges to help needy families meet the eye exam requirement, provided the Vision First form is used. 

Opponents of required eye exams have kept state standards at the minimum.  The state form is the minimum.  The Vision First form exceeds state standards to ensure a complete exam by an eye doctor is performed.  No child should experience school with an uncorrected vision problem.

The law intends all children starting school for the first time to have an eye examination.  We urge the IDPH and State Board of Education to approve the Vision First form during the rulemaking as one of the prescribed forms for statewide use as proof of an eye examination.

For further information, please visit http://www.visionfirstfoundation.org/ or http://janetsjournalblog.com/.


We, the undersigned, object to the State of Illinois Eye Examination Report as the only form that shall be accepted as proof of a required eye exam. 


The law states an eye exam shall be recorded on "uniform forms which the Department of Public Health and the State Board of Education shall prescribe for statewide use." 

During the public comment period of this rulemaking process, we are seeking for the Vision First form to be one of the prescribed forms for statewide use.


The Vision First form is part of the Kids Eyes Count Campaign created over five years ago.   A completed Vision First report will help a parent and teacher provide an excellent educational program for a child.  Prewritten letters accompany the form to make it easy for schools to use from preschool through high school, from vision screening failures to recommended and required eye exams.  Vision First also pledges to help needy families meet the eye exam requirement, provided the Vision First form is used. 

The law intends all children starting school for the first time to have an eye examination.  We urge the IDPH and State Board of Education to approve the Vision First form as one of the prescribed forms for statewide use as proof of an eye examination.

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