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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

Meet Brooklyn, a Preschool Program Success Story

Unfortunately children don’t always realize they are experiencing a problem with their vision and therefore won’t complain, and there are often no obvious signs or symptoms to alert parents or teachers. Brooklyn’s teachers had noticed that she wasn’t participating as much in class, but they did not realize she was having trouble with her vision

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

Collaborative Success in Graham County

Over the past two years, PBNC’s Children’s Vision Screening Certification program staff have worked closely with the lead school nurse in Graham County to arrange training for 28 school nurses and volunteer high school health occupation student screeners. PBNC teaches screeners to evaluate school-aged children for appearance, behavior, and complaint signs as well as how

Meet Aviano, a Preschool Program Success Story

Aviano Children with undetected vision problems often do not even realize all of the amazing sights they are missing. Poor vision can negatively affect many aspects of a child’s development and his or her interaction with the world around them. Fortunately, our children’s vision screening programs detect thousands of undiagnosed visual impairments each year. Aviano

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