Student Vision Legislation passes, goes to Governor
Mike Seals - April 18, 2021 10:19 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY — Legislation to help public schools more quickly identify students with vision problems passed the Senate on Wednesday.
House Bill 1598, authored by Rep. Melissa Provenzano, D-Tulsa and Sen. Marty Quinn, R-Claremore, authorizes the State Department of Education to approve a list of personnel who may conduct required vision screenings for students.
“House Bill 1598 gives school districts the ability to use current technology to more accurately identify students with difficulties of vision,” Quinn said. “Reading is vital to academic success and we do not want vision problems to hinder student performance. This legislation will go a long way to help more students achieve their academic goals.”
The American Optometric Association estimates that current school eye exams give less than four percent of a comprehensive eye exam. HB1598 would increase the chances of success for students with vision problems.
“As a former principal, I have seen firsthand what a difference a proper vision diagnosis can make in a child’s life,” Provenzano said. “This is such an easy change to help students. I am glad my colleagues agreed.”
HB1598 is now eligible to be signed into law by Gov. Kevin Stitt.