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  • Alabama requires a vision screening1
  • Frequency: Children enrolled in public school for each year in attendance
  • Arizona recommends (but does not require) a vision screening
  • Frequency: Children 9+ years old, all new students, all students receiving Special Education Services, and students recommended for screening by a parent, teacher, or other professional
  • Arkansas requires a vision screening
  • Frequency: Children in grades two, four, six, eight, and all transfer students
  • California requires a vision screening
  • Frequency: Children upon initial enrollment at a state elementary school and at least every third year thereafter until the child has completed the eighth grade
  • Colorado requires a vision screening
  • Frequency: Children in the kindergarten, first, second, third, fifth, seventh, ninth grades, or children in comparable age groups, and students new to the school system
  • Connecticut requires a vision screening
  • Frequency: Children in the kindergarten, grades one to six, inclusive, and grade nine
  • Delaware requires a vision screening
  • Frequency: Public school students in kindergarten and grades 2, 4, 7 and grades 9 or 10
  • The District of Columbia requires a vision screening1
  • Frequency: Children entering grades pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11
  • Florida requires a vision screening
  • Frequency: Students in grades kindergarten, 1, 3, and 6 and students entering Florida schools for the first time in grades kindergarten through 5
  • Georgia requires a vision screening
  • Frequency: Students entering first grade in the public schools
  • Hawaii requires a vision screening1
  • Frequency: Students entering into school in Hawaii (grades preschool or kindergarten to 12)

No vision screening requirement.

  • Illinois requires a vision examination
  • Frequency: Preschool children 3 years of age (or older) in any public or private educational program or licensed child-care facility, children enrolling in kindergarten or for the first time in a public, private, or parochial school, and all school age children in second and eighth grades; in all special education classes; referred by teachers

and

  • Recommends a vision screening
  • Frequency: Children in grades 4, 6, 10 and 12. 
  • Indiana requires a vision screening1
  • Frequency: Students enrolled in kindergarten or Grade 1

and

  • Requires a vision screening
  • Frequency: Students enrolled in or transferred to Grades 3 and 8 and all other students suspected of having a visual defect

No vision screening requirement.

  • Kansas requires a vision screening
  • Frequency: Every student, not less than once every two years while enrolled in a school governed by the Kansas school board
  • Kentucky requires a vision examination
  • Frequency: Children age 3-6 enrolled in a public school, public preschool, or Head Start program

and

  • Requires a vision screening
  • Frequency: One year prior to entry to school, one year prior to entry into 6th grade, and (as required by local board of education) within one year prior to entry into 9th grade
  • Louisiana requires a vision screening
  • Frequency: Children entering kindergarten and yearly while enrolled in public school
  • Maine requires a vision screening
  • Frequency: Students enrolled in public or private school in kindergarten and grades 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9
  • Maryland requires a vision screening
  • Frequency: Students first entering the school system, entering 4th, 5th, or 6th grades, and entering 9th grade
  • Massachusetts requires a vision screening
  • Frequency: Children enrolled in public schools and, at individual request, a pupil in select private schools upon entering kindergarten or within 12 months of the start of a school year
  • Michigan requires a vision screening
  • Frequency: Children registered for the first time in kindergarten or 1st grade
  • Minnesota requires a vision screening
  • Frequency: Children registered for the first time in a Minnesota school (including kindergarten or 1st grade and transferring students)
  • Mississippi requires a vision screening
  • Frequency: Children in all public school districts in the state
  • Missouri requires a vision examination
  • Frequency: Children enrolling in kindergarten or 1st grade

and

  • Requires a vision screening
  • Frequency: Children in the public school districts before the completion of 1st and 3rd grades
  • Montana recommends(but does not require) screening
  • Frequency: All students
  • Requirement: Visual evaluation
  • Frequency of Requirement: Children entering a Nebraska school
  • Nevada requires a vision screening
  • Frequency: Children entering elementary school and one additional grade of elementary school, one grade of middle or junior high schools, one grade of high school, and transfer students
  • New Jersey requires a vision screening
  • Frequency: Biennially for students in kindergarten through grade 10
  • New Mexico requires a vision screening
  • Frequency: Students enrolled in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten through fifth grade, once in middle school, once in high school and for transfer and new students in those grades
  • New York requires a vision screening
  • Frequency: Students upon entrance in school at any grade level and for each student entering pre-kindergarten or kindergarten and in the 2nd, 4th, 7th and 10th grades (except in the city school districts of the cities of New York, Buffalo and Rochester)
  • North Carolina requires a vision screening
  • Frequency: Students upon entrance in kindergarten or 1st grade
  • North Dakota provides for (but does not require) a vision screening
  • Frequency: School-age children
  • Ohio requires a vision screening
  • Frequency: Students upon entrance in kindergarten or 1st grade
  • Oklahoma requires a vision screening
  • Frequency: Student enrolled in kindergarten, 1st and 3rd grade at a public school
  • Oregon requires a vision screening
  • Frequency: Children in preschool (ages 3-5), kindergarten, and grades 1, 2, or 3; 4 or 5; 7 or 8; and 10 or 11, upon first entry into school, enrolled in driver education, upon entrance into special education, and upon parent or teacher referral
  • Pennsylvania requires a vision screening
  • Frequency: Annually for students age 3 years and older
  • Rhode Island requires a vision screening
  • Frequency: Student upon entry to school and in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th, and 9th grades
  • Tennessee requires a vision screening
  • Frequency: Twice for students in grades kindergarten through 3rd and twice during grades 4th through 8th
  • Texas requires a vision screening
  • Frequency: Children enrolled in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th grades and children four years of age or older, who are enrolled in any facility for the first time
  • Utah requires a vision screening
  • Frequency: Child under seven years of age entering school for the first time
  • Vermont requires a vision screening
  • Frequency: Periodically for school-aged children
  • Virginia requires a vision screening
  • Frequency: Students admitted for the first time to any public kindergarten or elementary school and annually, following
  • Washington requires a vision screening
  • Frequency: Students in kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th grades (or annually, if school resources permit) and for any child showing symptoms of possible loss in visual acuity referred to the district by parents, guardians, or school staff
  • West Virginia requires a vision screening
  • Frequency: Student entering public school for the first time
  • Wisconsin allows (but does not require) a vision examination
  • Frequency: Students entering kindergarten
  • Wyoming requires a vision screening
  • Frequency: Unconfirmed

The kind of vision care or assessment your child may be required to get before entering school varies from state to state.

  • Alaska requires a vision screening
  • Frequency: Children upon entrance to school and at regular intervals specified by regulation by the governing body of the district

Among Prevent Blindness America’s core visionary goals is the reduction of vision loss by ensuring all children receive appropriate vision care before entering school. Toward this end, Prevent Blindness America supports legislation in every state that would ensure all children are screened for vision problems, with appropriate follow-up eye examinations when necessary, prior to school entry.

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