PBWI small FY-Eye: July 2018

Healthy Sight for Adults in Milwaukee
 

Last week, certified adult vision screeners from UW-Milwaukee and UW-Parkside carried out an adult vision screening at the Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Be Active Be Healthy Health Fair. 37 at-risk adults were vision screened. It is events like these that help us truly make a difference and a lasting impact in our community.

Are you interested in learning more about adult vision health? Contact Courtney at [email protected] for more information.

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Hunter Has Healthy Vision
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Three-year-old Hunter was identified with a potential vision problem during a vision screening at his Head Start center, part of CESA #11, in northwest Wisconsin. After receiving an eye exam and glasses, his mom Stephanie said,

“When Hunter was coloring or reading books, he would put his face right on what he was trying to see. Now he doesn’t need to be right up on things he is looking at. Hunter feels good about his glasses and we compliment him on how they look.”


Register for Addi's Walk by July 16!

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Join us at Addi’s Walk on Wednesday, August 1 from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm. This family-friendly walk is located at DoMUS Apartments and Riverfront Pizzeria, with the walk on the Hank Aaron Trail. Activities will include an Eye Spy game, DJ, ice pops from Linnea’s Liqkers & Pops and more!
Registration is $25 per person and includes a T-shirt and pizza dinner. (Register by July 16, to ensure a T-shirt)

Visit the Addi’s Walk website for more information, register a walker, start a team or make a donation. Please contact Bridget for registration questions and Julie for information about sponsorships.


New Vision Screening Protocol for PBW Volunteers

Prevent Blindness Wisconsin is excited to announce that this fall, all volunteer vision screeners are transitioning to a simpler, more efficient preschool vision screening chart. This new chart, called the EyeCheck, is now recommended as best-practice by the National Center for Children's Vision and Eye Health. We are aiming to certify 100% of our volunteers on this new protocol. Please join us for a training this fall to become certified on the EyeCheck chart, as this will be the new vision screening method for all volunteer groups starting in Fall of 2018.

Sign up for a volunteer vision screener training. You may register for any trainings that are titled "Children's Vision Screener Training for Community Volunteers".

Please contact Sarah Campbell at [email protected] or (414) 765-0505 ext. 105 with any questions.


Grassroot Fundraisers

 

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Throughout the month of July, stop by ABV Social and Café Grace in the Mayfair Collection to enjoy a specialty cocktail! Prevent Blindness Wisconsin will receive $1 from each specialty cocktail purchased. For more information about the cocktails and to invite your friends visit our Facebook event page! Support Prevent Blindness Wisconsin while enjoying a delicious meal at The Mequon Chancery! On Thursday, July 12, Prevent Blindness Wisconsin will receive 25% of all food sales that are accompanied by the approved flyer. Click here to view and print the flyer. We hope to see you there!


A Grand Ole Training

We had a grand ole time with the Grand Rapids Lions Club at our Certified Children’s Vision Screener Training this past June. 25 attendees became Certified Children's Vision Screeners and are ready to vision screen this fall, ensuring children have healthy vision for the upcoming school year. Thank you for all you do for children throughout Wisconsin to be set on the path to healthy vision

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Are you 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.
 


Grants Galore!

Prevent Blindness Wisconsin is honored to announce it has been awarded grants from the Evjue Foundation, Inc. the charitable arm of The Capital Times, and the Walter and Jessie Francisco Charitable Foundation.

Thank you to the Evjue Foundation, Inc., the charitable arm of the Capital Times, for helping bring children’s futures into focus by supporting the Children’s Vision Screening Program for children in the Greater Madison Area!

Thank you to the Walter and Jessie Francisco Charitable Foundation for supporting the Children’s Vision Screening Program in Rock County, ensuring children are vision ready to learn!
 


July is Fireworks Safety Month!
 
fireworksRumbles and cracks echoing for miles and the sight of multiple colors exploding against the black night sky reflects a specific time of year--summertime! While the sights of fireworks bring excitement to this time of year, it is important to know the dangers fireworks pose. The eyes are one of the most common parts of the body that are injured from fireworks, including deep cuts and foreign particles getting in the eye. 

Did you know?
- 31% of firework injuries occur to children under the age of 15
- Approximately 1/3 of eye injuries from fireworks result in permanent blindness
- Children under the age of 5 are the second highest to suffer eye injuries from fireworks
- Bystanders are more likely to suffer from a firework related eye injury than the individuals using them

Here are some helpful safety firework tips to practice this summer:
Do not purchase fireworks—leave it to the professionals! Precautions should be taken at professional firework shows. Keep your distance from fireworks and if debris does get in your eye, seek immediate medical attention—DO NOT attempt to rub or rinse it out.

Sparklers are very dangerous and should not be used by adults or children. Sparklers burn to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit, hot enough to melt the metals silver, brass, and bronze

If an eye injury does occur, do not rub, touch, rinse or put ointment on the eye. Seek immediate medical attention.


eye health summit2018 Focus on Eye Health Summit: Research to Impact

We’re less than one month away from Prevent Blindness’s 2018 Focus on Eye Health Summit: Research to Impact. The summit will be held on July 18, 2018 in Washington D.C. honoring the National Eye Institute’s 50th Anniversary and its impact on vision and eye research. Stay updated and watch the summit live by streaming the presentations and discussions through the webcast. Register for the Eye Health Summit webcast.


 
Your support allows us to carry out our vision for each Wisconsin resident to have healthy vision at every stage of life.
Thank you!

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Upcoming Events

Cocktails for a Cause
Month of July
ABV Social and Cafe Grace

Prevent Blindness Wisconsin will receive $1 from each specialty cocktail purchased. 

The Mequon Chancery Fundraiser
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Prevent Blindness Wisconsin will receive 25% of all food sales when you bring in this flyer

2018 Focus on Eye Health Summit
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Watch the summit live by streaming the presentations and discussions via webcast. Register here.

Addi's Walk
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
DoMUS Boardwalk
Register a walker, start a team or make a donation!

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Prevent Blindness Wisconsin Apparel
You can't learn if you can't see the board! Purchase your apparel today!

Save the Date!
24th Annual Swing for Sight Golf Outing
Monday, June 3, 2019
 

Upcoming Trainings
Please visit our website to register for a training near you!

July Newsletter Articles
Healthy sight for adults in Milwaukee
Hunter has Healthy Vision
Register for Addi's Walk by July 16!
New Vision Screening Protocol
Grassroot Fundraisers
A Grand Ole Training
Grants Galore
July is Fireworks Safety Month!
2018 Focus on Eye Health Summit: Research to Impact

About Us

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.

 

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