Children's Vision Law

State Law Requires Vision Evaluation

Effective with the start of the 2006-2007 school year, children are required to have a visual evaluation before entering school for the first time in Nebraska, just as they are required to have a physical examination.

The visual evaluation must be completed by an optometrist, physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse within six months prior to the child's entry into school. The required evaluation must consist of testing for amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (misalignment of the eyes caused by a muscle imbalance), internal and external eye health, and testing sufficient to determine visual acuity (ability to distinguish objects and shapes).

If parents have questions, they are encouraged to talk with educators or healthcare providers about the requirements. The law is designed to provide an evaluation of the child's vision that is more complete than most vision screenings, enabling parents, healthcare providers and schools to better identify children whose vision may not be sufficient to enable the child to learn to his or her full potential.

Ensure that All Children are Visually Ready to Learn

  1. Share information about the vision and learning connection at home, at school and in the workplace.
  2. Observe the children in your life and make sure they are seeing properly. Ask them about how they see by making a game of it while driving in a car, playing outside or at sporting events.
  3. Tell family members and friends with 3-year-old children about SEE TO LEARN.
  4. Make a tax-deductible contribution to help further the work of the NFCV. Click here to view a copy of our Donation Form.
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Information Related to the Children's Vision Law

Resources for Educators

The Vision and Learning Connection

  • More than 80% of learning in the classroom is visual, and it is apparent that if a child cannot see, a child cannot read, and if a child cannot read, a child cannot learn.
  • Based upon national statistics, as many as 4,500 Nebraska children enter school each year with vision problems significant enough to hinder their ability to learn. Undetected vision problems often result in students being placed in the wrong treatment track (e.g. remedial reading, special education) at costs to parents and the state.
  • Students with a vision disorder will likely not focus on the book, whiteboard or computer or attempt to complete schoolwork and may be labeled with a behavior disorder due to their inability to "behave" in the classroom.
  • Many of our state’s young children are faced with overwhelming social and emotional challenges that can impact their ability to learn, but vision is one part of the equation that can most likely be controlled. Preventative measures include proper detection through a complete eye exam.
  • Vision & Learning
  • Seven Visual Abilities - The Vision and Learning Connection

School Vision Evaluation Data Tracking

  • Click here to participate in the School Vision Evaluation Data Tracking