Vision and Vision Loss Resources for Students
Attention to eye care and the visual system should begin in the first year of life, and especially for children with developmental delay.
- Vision impacts child development, safety, and health.
- Vision affects how a child learns, plays and feels.
- Regular assessment by an ophthalmologist or optometrist is the only way to ensure that eyes are healthy and that the visual perception system is developing and functioning properly.
All About Vision
- NEI for Kids by National Eye Institute
- Is My Child Seeing Clearly? Guide for Parents of Children in Early Intervention by Children's Vision Massachusetts
- Vision Disorders in Children with Special Health Care Needs by Children's Vision Massachusetts
- When to Take Your Child to an Eye Doctor If... by Prevent Blindness Children's Vision Massachusetts
- Vision Health of Children with Special Needs: The Facts, The Law, and Best Practices (webinar recording) from National Center for Children's Vision and Eye Health/Prevent Blindness
Eye Exams for Children
Insurance Coverage for Eye Exams and Eye Glasses
Private insurance plans vary regarding benefits for eye
care. In Massachusetts, MassHealth provides coverage for annual visits to ophthalmologists and optometrists, as well as to opticians who fit and dispense prescription eyeglasses. Depending upon your child’s insurance provider, you may need a referral from your child’s primary care provider or pediatrician prior to scheduling a visit with an eye care provider. If your child does not have insurance for eye exams or for prescription eyeglasses, assistance programs can help such as:
Eye Safety for Children
Vision Requirements & Specialized Assessments for Students with Vision Loss
Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist and Teacher of the Visually Impaired Resources for Students
To learn about the process for obtaining specialized services such as O&M, TVI and Assistive Technology, please review Team and Massachusetts IEP Information.
Agencies providing COMS and TVI services include:
Assistive Technology Resources for Students
Assistive Technology Resources for Teachers/Instructors
Accessible Recreation for Children
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