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Cigna Foundation Provides Adult Program Support

Prevent Blindness NC is excited to announce the receipt of a $100,000 grant from the Cigna Foundation to support the PBNC Adult Vision Screening Improvement Program. The program will serve approximately 40 federally qualified health centers, community health clinics, and health departments and provide direct service screening to approximately 6,000 patients across NC in 2022.

School Aged Vision Screenings: Playing Catch-up in the New Year

Due to the pandemic, the majority of school children across NC went nearly 2 years without a basic vision screening. PBNC estimates a backlog of over 400,000 school children who were not screened last year, and who now may have developed new and worsening vision impairment that can impact their learning. During the 2020-21 school years, nurses expressed the challenges the pandemic presented

Meet Luke: A Preschool Vision Screening Success Story

Fortunately for Luke, age 5, Prevent Blindness NC visited his child care center to offer free vision screenings. When he failed the screening, PBNC recommended that he be examined by an eye doctor for diagnosis and treatment. Luke’s doctor did discover a significant vision impairment in his right eye and prescribed glasses and patching to

From a Screening Site Point of View

Cabarrus Rowan Community Health Center, a federally qualified health center, operates as a patient-centered medical home for many uninsured and under-insured residents from Cabarrus and Rowan County. The mission of the center is to positively impact the health of their community one patient at a time, by providing an integrative team that works in partnership

Employee Spotlight: Amanda Strahin

PBNC Certification Director Anya Helfrich recently sat down for a chat with Amanda Strahin, one of the dedicated vision screening trainers on her team.  Here's what she found out! Tell me how you first got involved in with PBNC. I was looking for a part-time job that allowed me to use my teaching skills in a

NC State Fair Screenings Return for 2021

After a disappointing cancellation of the NC State Fair last year due to the pandemic, we were thrilled to be back in action at our vision screening booth for 11 days in October. During the 2021 NC State Fair, PBNC staff and volunteers screened over 1,000 fairgoers in an effort to detect possible vision problems

Extended Exposure to Ultraviolet Rays May Cause Serious Damage to Eyes, Vision

May Declared UV Awareness Month by Prevent Blindness in Effort to Educate Public on Potential Effects of Extended UV Exposure on Eyes Extended exposure ultraviolet (UV) rays can immediately cause damage to eyes, including photokeratitis, also referred to as a “corneal sunburn.”  UV damage to the eyes may also be cumulative, resulting in the development

2020 Bonnie Strickland Award Call for Nominations

Annual Award Recognizes Outstanding Efforts to Improve Eye Health Services for Children in the United States The National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness (NCCVEH) has issued the call for nominations for the sixth annual “Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children’s Vision Award.” The award recognizes significant efforts by an individual or

COVID-19 and Vision Update

We are writing to share resources on children’s vision and eye health during this most difficult time for both families and professionals. Thank you for sharing this message with families, colleagues, and your networks. COVID19 AND THE EYES According to the CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-covid-spreads.html), it may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching

Prevent Blindness Urges Women to Make Their Vision Health a Priority Today to Help Protect it for the Future

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                              For more information: Prevent Blindness, Ohio Affiliate Dori Jennings (614)270-0746 [email protected]   Prevent Blindness Urges Women to Make Their Vision Health a Priority Today to Help Protect it for the Future –  Prevent Blindness Declares April as Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month to Educate Public on Ways to