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Back to School: Vision Screening for Children

August is Children's Eye Health and Safety Month.

Utah Code §53A-11-203 requires vision screening for children under the age of eight entering school for the first time. Parents or guardians must submit a certificate signed by a licensed health professional that their child has received vision screening or a written statement stating vision screening violates their personal beliefs.

A variety of free vision screening services are available. Check with your local school district to see if they provide a free vision screening clinic. Or, see if a local or national agency provides free services or referrals through helpmegrowutah.org, an information resource for parents of children up to eight years old. Search for agencies using the site's community resources database.

To learn more about children's eye health, see the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' guide, Get Your Child's Vision Checked. Here, you can learn the signs of common children's eye problems and ways to protect children from eye injuries.

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