New Law Generating Controversy

A new state law will require kids going to kindergarten in the fall to have a full eye exam by a certified eye doctor before they can even set foot inside a classroom. As of right now, kids going to kindergarten have 30 days to get all their shots. But according to the new law, which is part of the Governor's Vision Care program, there is no grace period for eye exams. Optometrists say 25 percent to 30 percent of eye problems are found after a child's eye has fully developed, and that's too late. Experts say they new law can help to change that. The average cost of an eye exam is around $100. The state says there is money available to help families, who qualify, to pay for the exam. When lawmakers return in May, they have a change to either change the law or scrap it.


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