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Pilot retinal image reading program makes a HUGE impact

Prevent Blindness North Carolina recently received a grant from the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) to pilot a program ensuring a quicker turnaround time for retinal image reading and evaluation. Prior to receiving this funding, a network of volunteer doctors read images for the adult retinal screening program.  This method involved a time

Back to School Vision Health

As schools begin to reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic, practices that occurred routinely for decades must be reconsidered and redesigned to prevent the spread of the virus among children and staff, and ultimately, the community. Vision screening is one of many services that meet critical needs of children and is an essential service to eliminate

Safe, effective preschool vision screenings are a priority

The detection of an undiagnosed vision problem during the preschool years is a pivotal moment in a child’s visual health.  The earlier a problem is caught and treated, the better our chances are to improve their vision and overall quality of life. Therefore, despite facing unprecedented challenges this screening year, the PBNC Preschool Vision Screening

Virtual Vision Screening Trainings Available

PBNC’s Children’s Vision Screening Training and Certification Program is excited to announce that we can now offer a virtual training experience for school staff, volunteer vision screeners, and primary care providers so that they can conduct screenings in schools and as part of the well-child visit.  We have a synchronous program already in action, and

New Safety Measures for Adult Vision Screenings

We at Prevent Blindness North Carolina have worked hard to safely resume free retinal screenings in community health clinics and free clinics across the state. Over the past 11 years, PBNC has partnered with over 40 federally qualified health centers and community health clinics to provide retinal screenings to detect diabetic eye diseases and other

Preschool Screenings Evolving Through the Pandemic

For over twenty years, our Preschool Vision Screening Program has helped to ensure healthy vision for NC preschoolers, and despite a worldwide pandemic, we are maintaining a sense of hope and possibility that we can continue this invaluable, preventative service for our children.  When our 2019-2020 screening year came to an abrupt end, we quickly

Meet Karla – A Success Story

Karla, age 5, recently took part in a free vision screening offered by Prevent Blindness NC. Her preschool participates in the PBNC Preschool Vision Screening Program each year to help ensure good visual health for their children. When Karla’s results indicated a possible problem, PBNC recommended that she be examined by an eye doctor for

Dahlia loves her glasses!

Until the vision screening at her preschool indicated possible problems, Dahlia’s parents had never suspected she had a problem that was impairing her vision.  At the recommendation of PBNC, her parents took her for a complete eye exam with an eye doctor, who confirmed Dahlia did indeed have a visual impairment that needed to be

2019 NC State Fair Screening Booth is a Success

Each year, Prevent Blindness North Carolina (PBNC) offers free acuity and retinal screenings to the public at the North Carolina State Fair.  The “Christine Hamlin Mobile Vision Center” booth is open from the first day to the last, providing fair-goers with the opportunity to find out their visual acuity as well as have a series

Meet Charlotte – A True Success Story

Charlotte is one of the many success stories that we receive each month from parents, nurses, and caregivers.  We hear a similar story to hers routinely, and this proves that vision screenings absolutely change lives.  Charlotte didn’t have any visible symptoms or family history of a vision problem at all.  A Prevent Blindness North Carolina screening