1 in 20 preschoolers have a vision problem and only 21% of preschool children have their vision screened! There is a need for vision screening for Wisconsin’s children in childcare centers. When vision problems are caught early, treatment can begin early and is less likely to have complications.
Prevent Blindness Wisconsin can train and certify your staff to be Certified Children’s Vision Screeners. Our screening protocol is set by the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness. Our nationally recognized certifications are valid for three years.
Prevent Blindness Wisconsin works actively to promote vision screenings and vision health education in Early Childhood Programs. Our virtual statewide training certifies early childhood program partners on vision screenings.
Additionally, we share our Vision Milestones presentation to parents and early childhood staff members. These presentations provide information on eye development in the first years of life, how caregivers can keep children’s eyes safe, and what vision resources exist for families.
Our Vision Milestones Handout can be shared with families. It lists the 18 vision milestones a child should reach by their first birthday. To download a copy click: You’re Baby’s Eyes-Vision Milestones.
For more information on our Early Childhood Program contact contact Shelby LaTona, Senior Community Health Manager, at [email protected] or (414)-765-0505.