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, educators, and parent advocates. As essential members of PBNC, volunteers carry out programs and services at the state and local levels. 

North Carolina Statistics

Every 11 minutes another person in our nation loses his or her sight. In North Carolina, the statistics are just as alarming:

  • 4,000 North Carolina school children, ages 5-19 suffer eye injuries each year.
  • 25,614 preschoolers and 349,518 school age children have visual problems.
  • 1 in 20 preschool age children in our state suffers from amblyopia. Amblyopia, also known as "lazy eye," is reduced vision in an eye that has not received adequate use during a child's early years. Unless this condition is detected and treated before the child's sixth birthday, lifelong vision damage is likely to occur.
  • More than 87,000 North Carolina adults have glaucoma, yet half do not realize they have this silent disease.
  • Last year, North Carolina workers' compensation bills for eye injuries sustained at the work place totaled over $1,000,000. Services for those already blind cost state tax payers over $30 million dollars annually.
  • Prevent Blindness North Carolina urges you to celebrate safely!  Fireworks are extremely dangerous. Do not purchase, use or store fireworks of any type. Protect yourself, your family and your friends by avoiding fireworks. Attend only authorized public fireworks displays conducted by licensed operators, but be aware that even professional displays can be dangerous.  According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission's 2014 Fireworks Annual Report, nearly 35% of injuries occurred in children under 15 years old.  To get the facts, click here.

Direct Service Programs

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, 96,271 North Carolina preschoolers have been screened through this program. During the 2018-2019 school year, 33,203 children in 38 counties were provided with photo-refractive vision screenings, and approximately 11% 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 2018-2019 school year, 6,648 PBNC-certified screeners provided 480,921 vision screenings for school-aged children, referring 40,207 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 2018-2019 screening year, 5,605 adults were screened at 61 sites across the state. Of those screened, 1,240 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) and local "Donor Docs" to offer free vision care vouchers.  Prevent Blindness is also a partner in Luxottica's OneSight Program, which provides free eyeglasses to voucher recipients from participating LensCrafters,Target Optical, and Pearle Vision Centers.  Vouchers are provided to PBNC as in-kind donations. In 2018-2019, PBNC provided access to over $494,000 in free eye care to the citizens of North Carolina.

Do you or your child need glasses?? Free eye exams??

Call Prevent Blindness North Carolina at 919-755-5044 ext 112 to find out the latest programs available to serve your needs.


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