Prevent Blindness Wisconsin extends a heartfelt “thank you” to all of our volunteer vision screeners during National Volunteer Month. At each and every screening, our volunteers make a difference by identifying children with potential vision problems and setting them on the path to healthy vision. On behalf of the thousands of children you serve, thank you, volunteer screeners!
“It’s easy to say ‘it’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.’ Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.” –Mister Rogers
This past February, the Milwaukee VA hosted the Milwaukee Veterans Stand Down, an event held twice a year, giving homeless and at risk veterans assistance with their current needs. UW-Milwaukee students volunteered their time to vision screen veterans at this event. 41 veterans were vision screened and 38 were referred for a complete eye exam. We want to thank the Milwaukee VA for hosting this event and UW-Milwaukee students for taking time to volunteer and vision screen those who have served our country and sacrificed so much.
Become a Certified Adult Vision Screener
This training is open to anyone interested in becoming a Certified Adult Vision Screener. Adult vision screenings are conducted to identify adults at risk for vision problems and preventable vision loss.
4-year-old Keegan was screened at his preschool in Cadott. After his mother took him to the eye doctor, he was diagnosed with amblyopia and strabismus. Keegan was prescribed glasses and a patching regimen to strengthen his left eye. Keegan’s mom is thankful for the Prevent Blindness Wisconsin certified vision screening that caught his vision problem at an early, treatable age. Keegan loves his new glasses, and reading and coloring are much easier now.
If you know of other families with stories to share, please see our Success Story Questionnaire! As a thank you for their story and a picture, Prevent Blindness Wisconsin will provide the family with a free vision-related book.
Where there’s a need, there’s a Lion
Keep up the great work! Since April 1, 2017, Wisconsin Lions and Lioness have reported screening over 107,000 children and referring over 10,000 of those children to the eye doctor. Thank you for all of your dedication and hard work! As a reminder, please continue to submit your vision screening numbers to your district vision screening chair using the Lion’s vision screening reporting form shortly after screening.
Help referred children get the vision care they need after their vision screening. Please consider asking your contact at the screening location if they are in need of any assistance throughout the follow-up process.
Prevent Blindness Wisconsin has a vision screening toolkit dedicated to Lions and Lioness! Check it out for great vision screening tools and resources.
Thank you to everyone who has already shared numbers with us from vision screenings held this school year! We love celebrating all of the great work that you are doing to support children’s healthy vision in Wisconsin.
There’s still time to have your vision screening outcomes included in our annual report! If you need to report vision screening numbers, diagnoses or outcomes, please see the Annual Statistical Request Form.
Are you a nurse or health aide in need of Children’s Vision Screening Certification or renewal? Prevent Blindness Wisconsin offers training and certification for $75 per person with a minimum of 10 people present. You can find the full list of trainings on our website. Contact Valerie Grimm to set up a training near you.
Come Say “Hi” at 2018 WASN Spring Conference!
Prevent Blindness Wisconsin will be at the Wisconsin Association of School Nurses Spring Conference, April 18-20. Attend the Certified Children’s Vision Screener Training with Valerie on Wednesday, April 18, visit the Prevent Blindness Wisconsin booth in the Exhibit Hall on Thursday, and attend Executive Director, Tami Radwill’s breakout session, “Seeing Past Screening Day: Your Important Role in Vision Screening, Follow-Up Care, and Making Healthy Vision a Priority in Your School Community” on Friday, April 20. We will also be unveiling our NEW Vision and Eye Health Curriculum for 3K/4K, 5K, and 5th Grade as well as follow-up resources at the conference. Hope to see you there!
Head Start Numbers Request
Tracking Children’s Vision Screening numbers is very important. Please share the number of children screened, referred, and any outcomes for your program as soon as possible. We’ve already received reports of 7,000 Head Start vision screenings and would love to hear that all 16,000 children in Head Start received screenings! Please use the annual statistical request form in the Head Start Vision Screening Toolkit to report your vision screening numbers. Sharing your numbers helps us to know when children, like Axl, get to care. Axl has opened up more and is more talkative in groups now that he has his glasses!
Schedule a Training: If you’d like to schedule a training for your Head Start staff to receive Vision Screening Certification before the next school year, please email Shelby LaTona. Our Vision Screening Certification training is great for Health Directors, Home Visitors, Family Advocates, and anyone that works with the health of the child. New this year, Prevent Blindness Wisconsin has Vision and Eye Health Curriculum for children ages 3-5 that can be used by Head Start teachers.
Save Sight with a Prevent Blindness Wisconsin T-shirt!
You can’t learn if you can’t see the board!
Prevent Blindness Wisconsin’s Ink to the People t-shirt campaign will help raise funds for our sight saving services. With shirts available in children’s and adult sizes, this campaign is a great way for your school, clubs, volunteer groups and friends to support Prevent Blindness Wisconsin. Visit inktothepeople.com/pbwi to check out the merchandise!
Place orders by Monday, April 30 to be a part of this campaign!
Share this flyer with your school, friends, and family!
Public Education: Workplace Safety
The computer screen below is a common view for many people working in an office setting.
When it comes to work safety, many think of wearing safety glasses and keeping harmful chemicals away from their eyes. But what about safety from your computer screen? There may not be any flying debris, or splashes occurring, but light emitted from your computer screen can have a negative effect on your vision.
No matter what your work environment is, take care of your vision health and practice proper eye safety. Click here to learn more.
We Have Moved!
As of April, the Prevent Blindness Wisconsin office has moved up two floors in the same building to Suite #405. Please save our new address.
731 N. Jackson Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Your support allows us to carry out our vision for each Wisconsin resident to have healthy vision at every stage of life.
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.