A legally-blind state senator wants a law passed requiring every child entering public school have a comprehensive eye examination. Senator Harold Caskey’s bill is being studied by a state senate committee. Supporting it is Springfield Optometrist Steve Rice, who says the standard school vision screening doesn’t pick up a lot of vision problems. Critics say parents should not be forced to spend money on tests that likely are to find no problems. Supporters say thousands of children DO have problems, and the cost of an eye exam is much less than the cost of the tennis shoes kids wear to school.
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