FY-Eye: January 2020
January Newsletter Articles
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Increase Our Impact In 2020!
After not passing her certified vision screening in her K4 class, Brooke’s parents took her to the eye doctor and found out that she needed glasses. According to Brooke’s mom, “We did not suspect Brooke had a vision problem. Brooke would watch her iPad or the TV close but not all the time and it was usually only when she was interested. I was shocked and then felt bad that she could not see and I did not know. Since receiving glasses, Brooke says that she can see better at school and she has been doing good with wearing them. They don’t seem to bother her!”
Thanks to our screening partners who help ensure children like Brooke can see clearly for school success and beyond!
Milwaukee Admirals Give-Back Night
If you make it to just one Admirals game in 2020, join us January 15 and help prevent blindness and preserve sight!
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This December, HOSA students from Case High School who received Prevent Blindness Wisconsin children’s vision screening certification along with Prevent Blindness Wisconsin volunteers provided free vision screenings to over 200 students at Dr. Jones Elementary in Racine. Dr. Jones’ Principal Sherri Hopkins said, “This is a school community at its best where you have students and local organizations working together to help our youngest learners. That day, it’s not about school boundaries or grade levels or status; it’s about students supporting each other and it doesn’t get any better than that.” This partnership was made possible thanks to funding from the Racine Community Foundation – thank you. We are so grateful to the volunteers and their enthusiasm for helping younger students in their district have healthy vision!
To learn more about this wonderful event read this article written in the Journal Times.
Thank you to Milwaukee Public Schools for hosting a Certified Children’s Vision Screener Training. Nurses are trained and ready to provide students with an evidence-based Children’s Vision Screening to identify potential vision problems. Contact Shelby at [email protected] to set up a Certified Children’s Vision Screener Training of your own in 2020!
Community volunteers from Ozaukee County took on a new vision screening opportunity this school year and collaborated with the Ozaukee Public School District. Because of these devoted screeners, 200 5K students from Donges Bay Elementary, Oriole Lane Elementary and Wilson Lane Elementary School are now on the path to healthy vision for a brighter future ahead. The dedication that these screeners brought to each of these schools was empowering and we are grateful for their sight-saving services. If you are looking for a new opportunity this year or wonder how you can help in the community, please contact April at [email protected] to learn more.
Even though it was a snowy November day, the weather could not keep our dedicated adult vision screeners away! 11 Carroll University nursing students became certified adults vision screeners this past fall, advancing their community health skill set in their community nursing clinical outreach course. These dedicated students then conducted a health fair for clients at the United Community Center, offering vision screenings, referral education, blood pressure screenings, A1C screenings and more! While the weather presented some hurdles that day, the outreach event impacted many lives and offered services and resources to adults who would have otherwise gone without. We would like to thank the students who dedicated their time and effort to the adult vision screenings that day, we are very thankful for your diligence to make a difference in the community!
Are you interested in becoming a Certified Adult Vision Screener? Contact Courtney at [email protected] for more information.
Sign up for one of our upcoming Children’s Vision Screener Trainings. If you have questions or if you would like to schedule a training, please contact Shelby at [email protected].
Community volunteers should register for any training titled “Children’s Vision Screener Training for Volunteers.” If you have any questions please contact April at [email protected].
Vision Health and Safety
Green Bay School District Head Start Learns About Healthy Vision
Thank you to the many Lion/Lioness Clubs and Districts who have scheduled Certified Children’s Vision Screener Trainings for 2020. Does your club need to be recertified? Contact Shelby at [email protected] to schedule a training. Together, we can help children see 20/20 in 2020!
Prevent Blindness Wisconsin is proud and honored to announce it has been awarded grants from the following foundations:
Thank you Alvin & Marion Birnschein Foundation for supporting the Vision Screener Training and Certification programs. Funding will be used to print and purchase supplies and materials needed to ensure partners and volunteers are properly trained, equipped, and supported to make healthy vision a priority in communities across the state.
Thank you Byron L. Walter Family Trust for supporting the Children’s Vision Screening Program in Brown County which supports certified vision screenings for approximately 15,000 children each year.
Thank you Ralph Evinrude Foundation for supporting the Children’s Vision Screening Program in Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties which makes healthy vision possible for more than 45,000 children annually.
Thank you Four-Four Foundation for supporting the Children’s Vision Screening Program in Waukesha County which ensures approximately 14,000 children, receive certified vision screenings and are placed on the path to healthy vision for a lifetime.
Thank you Green Bay Packers Community Foundation for supporting the Children’s Vision Screening Program in Brown County which brings the future into focus for more than 15,000 children annually.
Thank you Jane Bradley Pettit Foundation for supporting the Children’s Vision Screening Program in Milwaukee County which ensures approximately 30,000 children have access to sight-saving vision screenings.
Thank you Schoenleber Foundation for supporting the Vision Health University Partnership Program at Milwaukee School of Engineering and UW-Milwaukee which trains, certifies, equips, and supports nursing and pre-health students to provide free certified vision screenings at local schools. The program helps create a sustainable vision health system by ensuring the future health professionals who will serve our community are prepared to advocate for vision health and protect the vision of those they will care for in their future careers.
Prevent Blindness Wisconsin’s sight-saving programs would not be possible without the generous support of local funders. Thank you again for helping make healthy vision possible for children and adults across Wisconsin.
January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month! Is Your Vision Protected?
Glaucoma is chronic eye disease that affects pressure levels in the eye. As pressure builds over time, it can cause irreversible damage to the optic nerve of the eye. The optic nerve is the main communication system between the eyes and the brain.
Glaucoma Risk Factors
Age: Those that are 40 and older are more likely to develop glaucoma. The older you are, the greater your risk.
Race: People of African American heritage are more likely to get glaucoma than the rest of the population. They are also more likely to develop glaucoma at a younger age.
Family History: If you have a parent or sibling who has glaucoma, you are more likely to develop the disease and are considered ‘at-risk’ for glaucoma.
Diabetes: People with diabetes have a higher risk (40 percent) of developing glaucoma. People with diabetes should be receiving a dilated eye exam every year due to the complications it has on vision health.
How Can You Protect Your Vision Health?
Glaucoma is a chronic condition that needs to be monitored closely. Medications and surgery may slow the disease development and progression. Don’t wait until it’s too late—take control of your vision health and make your dilated eye exam appointment today.
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