Vision and Hearing Services

what do we do?

Health Department staff provides Vision and Hearing screenings to preschool aged children throughout Morgan County. Through our partnerships with local schools we also offer screenings in accordance with IDPH guidelines.


Vision screening must be provided annually for preschool children 3 years of age or older in any public or private educational program or licensed child care facility, and for school age children in kindergarten, second and eighth grades; are in special education class; have been referred by a teacher; or are transfer students. Vision screening dates are set with public and private schools and child care facilities annually.

Hearing screenings must be provided annually for preschool children 3 years of age or older in any public or private educational program or licensed child care facility, and for all school age children grades kindergarten, first, second and third; are in special education class; have been referred by a teacher; or are transfer students. Hearing screening dates are set with public and private schools and child care facilities annually.

Child Vision and Hearing Act (410 ILCS 205)

Who do we serve?

  • Children age 3+ who attend:

    • A DCFS Licensed Day Care

    • Pre-School

  • School Age Children Who Attend:

    • Kindergarten, First, Second, Third and Eighth Grade (in public, private or parochial school settings)

    • Students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP)

  • New Transfer Students

  • Any Student Upon Teacher Referral

how can i tell if my child may have a hearing problem?

  1. Does your child have a history of earaches or drainage from the ears?

  2. Does your child want the television or radio louder?

  3. Does your child often as you or others to repeat questions?

If you answered "Yes" to any of the above questions, please call 217.245.5111 to make an appointment for a hearing screening.

how can i tell if my child may have a vision problem?

  1. Does your child squint or tilt their head to see?

  2. When your child is ill or tired, do the eyes appear crossed or does one eye wander when looking at an object?

  3. Does your child move hesitantly or walk close to the wall?

If you answered "Yes" to any of the above questions, please call 217.245.5111 to make an appointment for a hearing screening.

Questions?

Please contact Erika Newman, Vision and Hearing Program Coordinator at 217-245-5111 ext: 130

Individual screening appointments are available by request.