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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

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