All children entering kindergarten are required by state law to have a vision screening before the start of the school year. A child’s vision can be screened by his or her doctor during a regular health check up. If a child fails the vision screening done by his or her doctor, or if a child has a neurodevelopmental delay, he or she must have a comprehensive eye exam done by an eye doctor (ophthalmologist or optometrist). If a child has a comprehensive eye exam, the eye doctor must give the parent or guardian a written report of the results of the eye exam and also send the results to the child’s school form and to the child’s regular doctor.
Information for Healthcare Providers
The Rhode Island has adopted the Massachusetts pre-school age vision screening protocols. more