New Mexico School Requirements for Children's Vision

  • New Mexico requires a vision screening
  • Frequency: Students enrolled in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten through fifth grade, once in middle school, once in high school and for transfer and new students in those grades

Requires school nurse or the nurse’s designee, a primary care health provider or a lay eye screener shall administer a vision screening test for students. When the vision screen of a student indicates the need for further evaluation, the student's school shall notify the student's parent by mail and enclose information on the availability of funds from a state “Save our Children's Sight Fund”. The notice shall state that the parent, if the student is not already covered by health insurance for a comprehensive eye examination, may apply to the fund for a comprehensive eye examination by an optometrist or ophthalmologist whose services are used to follow up the school vision screen; the cost of contact lenses or polycarbonate lenses and the least expensive frames for eyeglasses; and replacement insurance for lost or broken lenses or ruined contact lenses. New Mexico 2007 Law (HB 1283)

Recommends a vision screening test for students enrolled in the school in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten through fifth grade, once in middle school, once in high school, and for transfer and new students in those grades, unless a parent affirmatively prohibits the visual screening. New Mexico School Health Manual

Source:

http://www.nmlegis.gov/Sessions/07%20Regular/bills/house/HB1283.html

http://www.nmschoolhealthmanual.org/shm_03.pdf