To serve Wisconsin adults, Prevent Blindness Wisconsin has a multifaceted adult program that combines vision screening and public health education components.
Free Adult Vision Screenings are conducted thanks to many of our statewide partners! Prevent Blindness Wisconsin is represented at VA Stand Downs in Milwaukee and Racine to provide vision screenings for veterans throughout the year. Additionally, our partnership with the Ebenezer Church of God in Christ Resource Pantry allows vision screening to be accessible to Milwaukee’s inner city population. Furthermore, the 27-D1 Lions Club provides free vision screenings to adults in their region. Without these crucial partners, this sight-saving work would not happen and many individuals would not be referred to the care they may need.
Our partnership with Ascension-Columbia St. Mary’s Urban Church Wellness program allows us to provide educational information to Health Liaisons across Milwaukee about Diabetic Eye Disease and Glaucoma. One Health Liaison had this to say: “I would just like to thank you for your Diabetic Eye Disease presentation for the Urban Church Wellness Health Liaison gathering. After attending your presentation, I presented your information to the member of my church, Kingdom of Heaven Christian Ministries. All but one member of our congregation scheduled appointments with their eye doctor for a dilated eye exam. Thank you again for your much needed presentation!” Individuals that attend urban churches are often at a higher risk for vision problems; this program allows us to reach out to individuals that may not otherwise seek eye care.
To ensure that public health workers throughout the state are able to speak about the importance of eye care and the different aging eye conditions, Prevent Blindness Wisconsin hosts a Healthy Eyes educational program. This programs teaches participants about age-related macular denegation, cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. These participants are then equipped with a guidebook and tools to provide this education in their own communities to those they serve!
Glaucoma is a serious eye disease that can affect anyone of any age. Once vision is lost, it cannot be restored. Take the glaucoma risk assessment below. Be aware and protect your vision health by following-up with regular eye exams with your eye doctor.
Smoking is very damaging to our vision health. Those who smoke are 4-6 times more likely to develop cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. Both conditions can cause severe visual impairment and permanent vision loss if treatment is not sought out. Click the link below to learn more about how smoking affects your vision.
AMD is a leading cause of vision loss for adults 50 years and older. It is increasing among the aging population and often shows no warning signs until vision is permanently lost. Learn more about AMD by clicking the link below.
AMD can have severe effects on vision health. It can cause the onset of low vision, where a certain amount of vision is permanently lost, limiting the ability for individuals to complete everyday tasks. Learn more about living with low vision and adaptive tools available to help you see more clearly.
Receiving vision care from an eye doctor is essential in monitoring and maintaining your vision health. For resources on adult vision care: professional eye care, reduced-cost eyeglasses, educational resources, financial resources, and support services please click on the link below.
How to Make an Eye Doctor Appointment (English)
A step-by-step guide to help navigate the vision health care system.
A step-by-step guide to make a vision appointment using Medicaid.
Prevent Blindness is an alliance partner with the PAN Foundation. They provide patient assistance with out-of-pocket costs, deductibles, etc. for patients with RVO, Macular Diseases, Uveitis and IRD. For more information and to find out if you qualify click here: https://www.panfoundation.org/funds/transportation