Prevent Blindness North Carolina
4011 WestChase Blvd., Suite 225
Raleigh, NC 27607
Prevent Blindness North Carolina (PBNC), also known as the National Society to Prevent Blindness - North Carolina Affiliate, Inc., was organized in 1967 as a nonprofit health agency. An independent affiliate of Prevent Blindness America (established in 1908), PBNC delivers direct service programs designed to preserve sight through screening, publications, safety, education, information and referral through volunteer efforts. PBNC's mission is to reach people before blindness strikes.
Prevent Blindness North Carolina is headquartered in Raleigh and is governed by a statewide Board of Directors, comprised of medical specialists, distinguished business people, civic leaders, and educators. As essential members of PBNC, volunteers carry out programs and services at the state and local levels. Prevent Blindness is part of the National Voluntary Health Agencies of North Carolina, the State Employees Combined Campaign and a member of the Governor's Consumer and Advocacy Commission for the Blind, the NC Center for Nonprofits and the Covenant with North Carolina's Children.
NC Preschool Vision Screening Program
Prevent Blindness North Carolina has been involved in preschool vision screening for more than 20 years, and screens more preschoolers annually than any other Prevent Blindness America affiliate. In the past three years, 90,241 North Carolina preschoolers have been screened through this program. During the 2016-2017 school year, 29,882 children in 36 counties were provided with photo-refractive vision screenings, and approximately 12% were referred for follow-up care from an eye care professional.
Kenneth C. Royall Jr. Children's Vision Screening Improvement Program
Operating in all 100 North Carolina counties, this program trains and certifies volunteer vision screeners and school system personnel to conduct mass screenings in public schools. During the 2016-2017 school year, 6,658 PBNC-certified screeners provided 503,978 vision screenings for school-aged children, referring 35,979 children for follow-up care from an eye care professional.
Adult and Community Health
Prevent Blindness North Carolina provides vision screenings to adults at health fairs, senior centers, health clinics, corporations, and the NC State Fair. This program seeks to advance primary care vision health programs through vision screening and diabetic educator training, retinal screenings, and connections to affordable follow-up eye care. In the 2016-2017 screening year, 5,892 adults were screened at 58 sites across the state. Of those screened, 1,214 were referred to an eye care professional for follow-up care.
Vision Resource Programs
Prevent Blindness North Carolina partners with Vision Service Plan (a nationwide insurance company), local "Donor Docs", and participating LensCrafters, Sears Optical, Target Optical, and Pearle Vision Centers to offer free vision care vouchers. Vouchers are provided to PBNC as in-kind donations for exams and/or glasses. In 2016-2017, PBNC provided access to over $470,000 in free eye care to the citizens of North Carolina.
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