Is your child one of the 10 million children suffering from vision problems? A new state law aimed at cutting down on the number of children who unnecessarily suffer from eye and vision disorders took effect on January 1, 2008. All children beginning kindergarten or first grade for the first time are required to have an eye examination. Parents will have until October 15 to provide proof of an eye exam. The Illinois Parent-Teacher Association, the Illinois Federation of Teachers, the Illinois Optometric Association and the Vision First Foundation joined forces to support this effort and to make sure that important improvements in children’s eye health care were enacted. Thanks to this leadership, Illinois now leads the nation with the best eye health care requirements for children.
Simple changes in behavior could indicate that your child needs further evaluation by an eye doctor. Keep an eye out for these warning signs:
Eye exams for children entering school are critical for the early intervention needed to treat diseases and disorders that can lead to poor school performance and can ultimately affect a child’s quality of life. Many vision problems are preventable or treatable if caught early on. A comprehensive eye examination from your local optometrist is a good way to make sure that your child is adequately prepared to learn with clear and comfortable vision.
Dr. Henline graduated from Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago and received his undergraduate from Northern Illinois University.
Dr. Henline is a member of the American Optometric Association, Illinois Optometric Association and the Illinois Valley Optometric Association. He held several positions with Illinois Valley Optometric Society such as past president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. Read More