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Fy-Eye April 2020

Fy-Eye April 2020



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Upcoming Events

Swing for Sight Golf Outing


Monday, August 31, 2020

Ozaukee Country Club

Sponsorship opportunities are available! Reserve your foursome today!

Upcoming Trainings:

Because of COVID-19, our trainings are currently on hold.

Aoril Newsletter Articles

UW-Madison and Prevent Blindness Wisconsin Join Forces

Meet Jacob

Swing for Sight Golf Outing

Upcoming Trainings

A Big Thank You

Partner Spotlight: ProHealth

Care Hispanic Resource Center

Meet Duby

T-Shirts and Tote Bags for Sale

Vision Health Education

Re-Schedule Your Vision Screener Training

To Our Volunteers

Grants Galore!

Women\’s Eye Health and Safety Month

Help Protect Your Vision Health

Dilated Eye Exams and COVID-19

20/20 Challenge

Shop AmazonSmile


About Us

Founded in 1958, Prevent Blindness Wisconsin improves the lives of children, adults, and families through early detection of eye conditions to prevent blindness and preserve sight. On-going vision screening activities and state-wide public health education lead to a lifetime of healthy vision.


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Support Prevent Blindness Wisconsin

Support Prevent Blindness Wisconsin throughout the year by holding an event in our honor at your work, school or church. Some ideas include:

– Jeans Day

– Dedicate your birthday

– Bake sale

– Designate your United Way contribution by using code 53904

Please contact Bridget at [email protected] for PBW marketing materials. 

University of Wisconsin-Madison and Prevent Blindness Wisconsin – Join Forces to Save-Sight

This spring, Prevent Blindness Wisconsin had the fantastic opportunity to work with students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison on a vision screening and training event to help us ensure students in Wisconsin see more clearly. The University of Wisconsin-Madison Omega Chapter of Delta Gamma vision screened 21 children, referring one of these children to further care from the UW-Child Development Lab. The children screened enjoyed playing the “Eye Game” with the DG Screeners and also took home a coloring sheet featuring Seemore Mouse and their vision screening results. Following this vision screening event, 13 students from the Pre-Optometry Club at the University of Wisconsin-Madison were certified as children’s vision screeners. Many thanks to the Nicholas Family Foundation whose generosity ensures this annual screening is possible. Also, a huge thank you to each student group for collaborating with us as part of our university program. If your student organization is interested in saving the sight of residents in your community, contact April at [email protected] to learn more.

Are you a university professor or student looking for ways to stay engaged during this time? Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn to stay connected and learn about healthy vision, or contact April at [email protected] to find other ways to stay involved. We are working on interactive education through the web and look forward to helping our university partners stay linked. Stay well!

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Meet Jacob!


Jacob was vision screened as part of his Head Start program in Green Bay. Prevent Blindness Wisconsin partners with Green Bay Head Start thanks to funding from the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation. Jacob\’s mom says, \”He feels very handsome in his glasses because they are his favorite color! He doesn\’t hold his tablet close to his face anymore.\”


NEW DATE! 25th Annual Swing for Sight Golf Outing – Monday, August 31

We are excited to welcome our golfers, sponsors and friends to our 25th Annual Swing for Sight on our NEW DATE, Monday, August 31, 2020! 

Foursomes are limited to 32. Reserve yours today by contacting Bridget at [email protected]. Sponsorship opportunities are also available! For more information, please visit our event website or contact Rebecca at [email protected] to confirm your sponsorship. 


Upcoming Trainings

Our Certified Vision Screener Trainings are currently on hold, due to the restriction on gatherings in response to COVID-19. Prevent Blindness Wisconsin will be sharing educational webinars about vision health soon! Please watch your email for more information on educational webinars, or contact Shelby at [email protected] with any questions.

A Big Thank You

Thanks to funding from the Racine Community Foundation, Prevent Blindness Wisconsin was able to work with Union Grove area schools to provide over 750 free certified vision screenings to their students. This work would not be possible without the help of volunteers from the Racine County Vision Screening Group and the coordination of their wonderful district nurse, Tracy. If you are interested in volunteering in the Union Grove area please contact [email protected].

Partner Spotlight: ProHealth Care’s Hispanic Health Resource Center

Current circumstances can’t keep dedicated partners away! We’d like to give a partner shout out to ProHealth Care’s Hispanic Health Resource Center (PCHHRC). Prevent Blindness Wisconsin developed a new partnership with PCHHRC thanks to continued funding from the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD). This partnership has shined from the very beginning; two PCHHRC RN’s have been certified as Adult Vision Screeners and trained on needed follow-up methods to help move their clients to needed vision care.

Currently, 31 PCHHRC clients have received a certified vision screening. Of those screened, 24 did not pass and were referred to further vision care. PCHHRC is on track to having a 100% follow-up care rate; all 24 clients are in the process of scheduling an eye exam appointment thanks to VSP Vision Care’s Voucher Program. It is very rare to come across this type of follow-up rate for adults. We thank you PCHHRC for your dedication, drive, and everlasting compassion to help your clients see more clearly. Our team would like to send many virtual hugs your way!

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Meet Duby!

Duby was vision screened at PCHHRC and utilized Prevent Blindness Wisconsin’s VSP Healthy Eyes Glasses Only Program. After receiving her new glasses, Duby shared her thoughts on the Adult Vision Health program and its impact on her life:

“The whole process was such fast service—from the screening to when I was able to see again with the glasses I received. The glasses are perfect! How would my life not improve with this program? I can see again! I have so much improvement in my vision. I can see individual snowflakes! What beauty! This returns my life in this sense back to as normal as possible. I am so happy and grateful for all of you.”

T-Shirts and Tote Bags are Back!

Back by popular demand – “You can’t learn if you can’t see the board” t-shirt and bag design! A variety of colors are available in short sleeve, long sleeve, adult, ladies, and youth sizes. Tote bags are also available.

Short Sleeve – $15

Long Sleeve – $20

Tote – $20

Proceeds benefit certified vision screenings, follow-up care, and education for Wisconsin’s children and adults. Show your support of healthy vision for school success and beyond by ordering yours today!

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Vision Health Education Coming to You Soon

In this uncertain time, Prevent Blindness Wisconsin wants to support you, your students, and your vision health program. In order to best share our education and information, Prevent Blindness Wisconsin will be hosting a series of webinars. Watch your email for more information on topics and how to register. For any current questions, contact Shelby at [email protected]

Re-Schedule Your Vision Screener Training

If your Lions Club was unable to attend a District Convention due to COVID-19 restrictions, we encourage your district Vision Chair to reschedule a training with Prevent Blindness Wisconsin. We are happy to re-schedule our Certified Vision Screener Trainings to ensure our wonderful Lions Club members and partners are ready to provide vision screenings across Wisconsin. District Vision Chairs, please contact Shelby at [email protected] to re-schedule a vision screener training.

To All of Our Dedicated Volunteers:



We would like to say, “Thank You!” for all the time and effort that you have contributed throughout this school year to help vision screen the residents in your community. As you know, a number of our volunteer opportunities were canceled just recently. The decision to cancel the screenings was made to ensure your health and safety, as well as that of the residents we screen. We hope you understand and will join us again in the fall when we once again begin our screening efforts. The impact you have made on the residents in your community has been significant; you have helped to change how children and adults see the world around them.

Again, we thank you immensely for your contributions of time and talent to vision screening children and adults in your community. The work that has been done would not have been possible without YOU!

We wish you all good health during this time. Please reach out if you have any questions. We will keep you updated with the activities of Prevent Blindness Wisconsin and look forward to connecting with you when our volunteer opportunities resume.

April & Breanna

Grants Galore!

Prevent Blindness Wisconsin is proud and honored to announce it has been awarded a grant from the Woman’s Club of Wisconsin Foundation to support our sight-saving services. Thank you Woman’s Club of Wisconsin Foundation for supporting the Preschool Children’s Vision Screening Program, which ensures more than 23,000 three to five-year-old children in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Washington, and Racine counties receive a certified vision screening, follow-up support, and vision health education to ensure they have healthy vision to learn, play, and grow! 

April is Women\’s Eye Health and Safety Month!

Ladies, this month is dedicated to you and your vision health; let’s promote it together! While differences exist between us all, every woman shares an increased risk for vision complications and eye diseases. Due to a woman’s longer life expectancy, she runs an increased risk for eye diseases such as Dry Eye, Cataracts, Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), and Glaucoma.

In collaboration with Women\’s Eye Health and Safety Month, OCuSOFT Inc. is teaming up with Prevent Blindness to promote and support women\’s vision health during the month of April. Keep an eye out for the OCuSoft Inc. women\’s vision health posts!


Help Protect Your Vision Health:


Receive Regular, Dilated Eye Exams– Adults should receive regular, dilated eye exams as recommended by an eye doctor. Dilation as part of this eye exam is extremely important as it ensures the doctor can see the entire retina, not just a narrow snap shot of it. The only way to diagnose most eye conditions for which women are at risk is through a dilated eye exam.

Dilated Eye Exams and COVID-19:



Due to the current situation with COVID-19 in our country, the Wisconsin Optometric Association and Wisconsin Ophthalmology Academy have closed regular, comprehensive exams and services to the public until further notice. Only patients who need immediate vision care should contact their eye doctor directly for continued care instructions. We will keep you updated on this as the situation is currently fluid. Please stay tuned to our monthly Fy-Eye Newsletters and our social media outlets for further updates.

To prepare yourself to make an eye doctor appointment in the future, please refer to our website for a variety of resources to help you navigate the process.

Stay healthy and safe!

20/20 Challenge

It’s not too late to join us in the 20/20 Challenge! Prevent Blindness Wisconsin makes the world a brighter place for children and adults across Wisconsin through our sight-saving vision health services.  You can give the gift of healthy vision by joining the 20/20 Monthly Giving Challenge.

Celebrate the year 2020 – the year of healthy vision – by becoming a monthly donor to help Prevent Blindness Wisconsin achieve its vision for each Wisconsin resident to have healthy vision at every stage of life!

For 12 months, an investment of:

$5 per month  trains one volunteer to provide Certified Vision Screenings

$10 per month  provides one voucher for glasses for an uninsured child

$20 per month  provides one vision screening toolkit enabling hundreds of local screenings

Will you accept our challenge to make a monthly gift and help Prevent Blindness Wisconsin  increase our impact  in 2020?


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Shop AmazonSmile!

As many are turning to ordering online, give back to your community with AmazonSmile. Select Prevent Blindness Wisconsin or another favorite nonprofit as your charity and 0.5% of eligible purchases will be donated to your charity of choice.


Your support allows us to carry out our vision for each Wisconsin resident to have healthy vision at every stage of life.

Thank you!