Prevention starts early! Angara: Vision Screening Law to help catch eye problems among kids
Senator Sonny Angara welcomed the signing into law of Republic Act 11358 or the National Vision Screening Act as a vital tool for parents to catch eye problems of their children at an early age.
RA 11358 mandates the conduct of vision screening tests for students in kindergarten. It will be implemented by the Department of Education, in coordination with the Department of Health and the Philippine Eye Research Institute.
Once the proper training for the teachers is completed, vision screening kits, consisting of charts with symbols or numbers, occluders and transparent response key, will be provided to all schools to test the eyesight of the children.
A vision screening database containing the results of the screening per child and visual conditions diagnoses by the eye care practitioners will also be established for monitoring purposes.
Angara, who is the principal author of the law in the Senate, said the law will help parents know if their children have eyesight problems at an early age. With the diagnosis, he said the parents can immediately consult eye doctors for treatment.
“Many of these vision problems, if not treated, can cause permanent visual impairment, which in turn could very well adversely affect their education and eventually their occupation and way of life in the future,” he said.
The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation will be tasked to develop a benefit package for the consultation and treatment of eye diseases of children.