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On-Site and Virtual Vision Screening Trainings Now Offered

Over the past year important services that regularly occur in our schools have largely been interrupted during the pandemic — such as management of health conditions, hearing and vision screenings, vaccination support and connecting students to services that work to eliminate health inequities.  Vision screening is one of many services that meet critical needs of children.  It is essential

PBNC Ambassador is “Up in Lights!”

Thanks to a wonderful partnership with Lamar Advertising here in the Triangle, our 2021-2022 PBNC Ambassador, Colton will be smiling and representing Prevent Blindness North Carolina on several billboards across the region over the next month. If you're driving through Youngsville, Goldsboro, Rocky Mount, Wilson's Mills, or Fayetteville, keep an eye out for the Lamar

Helping Children See Clearly for Years to Come

According to the recent study, “Children’s Vision and Eye Health: A Snapshot of Current National Issues 2nd Edition,” vision has a critical role in children’s physical, cognitive, and social development, and visual functioning is a strong predictor of academic performance in school-age children. Without early detection and treatment, uncorrected vision disorders can impair child development,

Back-to-Preschool Vision Screenings Available

Summertime is winding down and it’s time to start making sure our young kids are ready to learn and develop in the world around them! The PBNC Preschool Vision Screening Program is excited to announce that it is time to start scheduling vision screenings for child care centers and preschools. PBNC has over 20 years

Safe, Effective Preschool Vision Screening Partnerships Continue

What a year it has been! Despite the huge impact of COVID-19 on our Preschool Vision Screening Program, we consider it a successful year full of great accomplishments and a lot of sight saving! While many schools were not able to allow on-site screenings this year, PBNC worked hard to implement safe and effective screenings for

Prevent Blindness Introduces Ambassador Program

PBNC’s mission aims to detect and eliminate uncorrected vision problems, provide greater access to treatment, and thereby prevent blindness and preserve the sight of everyone we serve. Providing direct services to over 550,000 North Carolinians annually, PBNC’s three primary programs provide the latest in best-practice, evidence-based and age-appropriate screening standards. While we have always collected

Continued Funding Extends EyePACS Partnership

Prevent Blindness North Carolina is pleased to have received additional funding from the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) to continue our partnership with EyePACS – an experienced team of optometrists and ophthalmologists who read retinal images and provide timely feedback of screening results.  With the use of the EyePACS platform, the average wait

Lee Co. Health-A-Rama looks to return for 2021-2022 School Year

Mary Hawley Oats has been a School Nurse in the Lee County Schools for 40 years.  She realized early on that it was important to know students could see and hear to succeed in the classroom. She began a program called Health-A-Rama that occurred annually in the Fall.  During Health-A-Rama, classrooms of students in kindergarten through ninth grade would come to the gym or library and get their vision,

PBNC Launches New Online Training Platform

The pandemic has created many obstacles over the past year for almost every organization, and PBNC has not been immune either.  But, where there are obstacles, there are also opportunities.  During the summer of 2020, PBNC began the process of building an online version of our School-Aged Vision Screener Training and Certification course.   While school

Adult Retinal Program Expands with Additional Funding

Prevent Blindness NC is excited to announce the receipt of additional funding from the National Association Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) to expand a pilot program using a 3rd party retinal reading service to drastically reduce the time it takes for a retinal image to be read by an eye doctor. With past NACDD funding for