Kentucky recently enacted a state law which requires every child entering the public school system for the first time to present evidence of a complete eye exam either by an optometrist or an ophthalmologist. Although Kentucky has received positive feedback as a result of this legislation, many have wondered why the need for such a law. This thesis explains in detail reasons behind such laws, and argues strongly in favor of them. Not only do such laws help protect the visual health of children, but it helps them to be better prepared for the challenges of the educational system. Early intervention in this area is the first step to preventing amblyopia (lazy eye) and other vision disorders, many of which impact a child's ability to succeed in the classroom.
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