One in four children and adolescents have a vision problem that can impede their learning. Many of these problems go undetected because children have not received the comprehensive eye exams they need to succeed in school and protect their vision for life.
The California State Board of Optometry is working to change that.
Wednesday, at the State Capitol, the Board of Optometry took part in a press conference prior to the Assembly Education Committee’s hearing on AB 1110 (Burke), the measure to boost lifelong health and learning potential by connecting more California children under the age of 19 with comprehensive eye exams and vision wear. The cost would be covered through private or public health insurance plans.
Those in attendance were; Rachel Michelin, California State Board of Optometry, Assembly member Autumn Burke (D-Inglewood), Senator Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove) and representatives from the health, education and corporate communities.
Following the press conference that afternoon, the Assembly Education Committee voted 4-1 to pass AB 1110 on to the Assembly Appropriations Committee, where the bill is expected to be taken up at the end of May.
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To find a licensed optometrist in your area or to check the license of your current optometrist, visit the website of the California State Board of Optometry optometry.ca.gov.