Fy-Eye March 2020


PBWI small FY-Eye: March 2020

Upcoming Events
Swing for Sight Golf Outing
Monday, June 1, 2020
Ozaukee Country Club
Sponsorship opportunities are available! Reserve your foursome today!

Upcoming Trainings

View the Children’s Vision Screener Training Schedule

March Newsletter Articles

Muslim Community Health Center Reaches New Heights
Meet Therese!
Milwaukee Admirals: Promoting Healthy Vision
Meet Noelle!
Upcoming Trainings
Swing for Sight Golf Outing
Lions Clubs Ready to Save Sight
Spring Volunteers
Screening with St. John’s
Carroll University Saving Sight
Share Your Screening Success!
Show Off Head Start’s Healthy Vision
March: Workplace Wellness Month
Join our Team!

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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Support Prevent Blindness Wisconsin
Support Prevent Blindness Wisconsin throughout the year by holding an event in our honor at your work, school or church. Some ideas include:
– Jeans Day
– Dedicate your birthday
– Bake sale
– Designate your United Way contribution by using code 53904

Please contact Bridget at [email protected] for PBW marketing materials. 

Muslim Community Health Center Reaches New Heights with Vision Health Promotion

Have you ever heard the phrase “laughter is the key to healthy vision?” We hadn’t either— until our team had the wonderful opportunity to conduct an engaging Adult Vision Health workshop with the medical staff and patients at the Muslim Community Health Center. MCHC members were one of the most engaged groups we’ve had for an educational workshop; it was the most fun we have had in a while!

Attendees not only learned about the importance of practicing healthy vision habits (adults—you should be receiving, regular dilated eye exams) but for many this was also the first time they’d had the opportunity to learn about their eyes and discuss their vision health options. One participant stated, “This information is so important for us to have—especially with the aging population we have at the Community Center. Many of us have not had access to this information and steps to use vision care; I learned so much. Can you come back soon?”

We are very much looking forward to future partnership opportunities with the Muslim Community Health Center. Thank you for all you do in the community MCHC

Meet Therese!

 Therese Wagner Success Story

Therese was vision screened by our dedicated volunteers at the Door County YMCA Healthy Living Fair. From that vision screening, Therese was able to get the help and guidance needed to get an eye exam and glasses. Therese has this to say about her experience, “I finally received an eye exam…I didn’t have one prior due to lack of funds to pay for one. My husband died from cancer and my income was cut in half, but bills still remained for me. I am so very grateful for my voucher. I found out my eyes have worsened, and I needed new glasses. I can now see better. I really appreciate the help I received. I feel humbled. Thank you so very much! God bless all of you

Milwaukee Admirals: Helping Promote Healthy Vision for All 

Prevent Blindness Wisconsin had the wonderful opportunity to be a part of the Milwaukee Admirals Give-Back Night. Prevent Blindness Wisconsin staff gave out information on our sight-saving services and spoke during the first period about the importance of vision screening for both children and adults in Wisconsin.

During the game, Prevent Blindness Wisconsin was honored to recognize Marcy Schneider, Executive Assistant to the Milwaukee Admirals, for her dedicated work as an extraordinary Prevent Blindness Wisconsin volunteer. Marcy has been assisting Prevent Blindness Wisconsin for three years with our fundraising events and sight-saving work. A very big thank you to Marcy and the Milwaukee Admirals for their continuous support of our mission as we work together to achieve our vision for each Wisconsin resident to have healthy vision at every stage of life.

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Meet Noelle!


Like we hear from many parents, Holly never suspected her daughter, Noelle, had a vision problem. Thanks to the volunteers from the Lake Country vision screening group, Noelle received a free certified vision screening at her preschool. After Noelle didn’t pass her screening, volunteers referred her to further care and her family took her to the eye doctor where she was diagnosed with amblyopia (lazy eye) and was prescribed glasses. Holly is thankful for early detection and treatment saying, “Catching these vision problems now means this will not affect her academic growth going forward.” Noelle is excited about how clearly she sees and loves her hot pink glasses!

Upcoming Trainings

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].

Friday, March 13, 2020
27-D1 Lions Certified Vision Screener Training
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Chula Vista Resort
2501 River Rd.
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965


Friday, March 20, 2020
27-E2 Lions Certified Vision Screener Training & SPOT
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
The Lismore Hotel
333 Gibson Street
Eau Claire, WI 54701


Swing for Sight Golf Outing

Join Prevent Blindness Wisconsin at the 25th Annual Swing for Sight Golf Outing on Monday, June 1, 2020, at the Ozaukee Country Club. Start your day early with open golf or work on the putting green. The afternoon consists of an 18-hole scramble followed by a full course dinner, awards, raffle, live auction, and special iron raffle! Space is limited to 32 foursomes. Reserve your foursome today by contacting Bridget at [email protected] or visiting our event website

Sponsorship opportunities are available! Please contact Rebecca at [email protected] for more information.


Local Lions Clubs Are Ready to Save Sight

In February, Lions Clubs throughout the state received and renewed their Children’s Vision Screener Certification. Prevent Blindness Wisconsin held trainings in Tomahawk, Dodgeville, Lacrosse, and Brookfield, certifying over 40 Lions. Our partnership with the Wisconsin Lions Foundation helps to provide evidence-based vision screenings to children and adults throughout Wisconsin. To schedule a vision screener training in your district, contact your Lions District Vision Chair and Shelby at [email protected].

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Volunteers Spring into New Certification

14 community volunteers received their Children’s Vision Screening Certification at the Brookfield and Fitchburg Public Libraries in February. We are grateful for our dedicated community volunteer groups who go into area childcare centers and schools and provide free certified vision screenings to children who might not receive a vision screening otherwise. Thank you to everyone who came out and received their certification! To learn more about our volunteer program, contact Breanna at [email protected].

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Screening Day at St. John’s

Thanks to Racine Lutheran High School volunteers, more than 100 students at St. John’s Lutheran School received free certified vision screenings! The National Honors Society volunteers were trained as vision screeners this fall as part of the High School Vision Screening Partner Program. All the volunteers did a wonderful job providing screenings to students in 4K, 5K, 1st, 3rd, and 5th grades. A big thank you to their advisor, Elisabeth Michael, and the rest of St. John’s Lutheran staff for making the screening event possible. If you are interested in learning more about our High School Vision Screening Partner Program please contact Shelby at [email protected].

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Carroll University Continue on the Path to Save Sight

We had a new opportunity to train and certify seven students and staff from Carroll University as Children’s Vision Screeners. These newly certified screeners are going to vision screen students at a health fair at Bruce Guadalupe Community School, a private school we have collaborated with for the last three years, but where we have primarily only screened students in Pre-Kindergarten. We are excited to continue our partnership with Carroll University as we work together to provide healthy vision for the children of Waukesha County. If you are interested to learn how students from your campus can help save sight, contact April at [email protected] to learn more.

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Share Your Vision Screening Success!

Prevent Blindness Wisconsin is grateful for the school nurses throughout the state who work hard to ensure that students receive vision screenings and follow-up care. We would love to share your screening numbers! Please submit your school district’s vision screening statistics by April 23rd. Nurses who complete the Annual Statistical Request form and the School Nurse Vision Screening Survey, will be entered into a drawing to win a vision screening done by Prevent Blindness Wisconsin staff. For questions, comments, or to submit your information, contact Shelby at [email protected].

Show Off Head Start’s Healthy Vision

Head Start and Early Head Start children receive their vision screenings within 45 days of enrolling in their program. Submit your Annual Statistical Request form by April 23rd to show off all the great vision screenings you provided at your Head Start! Tracking vision screenings and follow-up care helps Prevent Blindness Wisconsin identify gaps in the vision care system and work to ensure all Wisconsin residents have healthy vision for a lifetime. To submit your form, email Shelby at [email protected].

March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month

Healthy vision habits shouldn’t take a break while one is on the job. More than 2,000 people suffer from a work-related eye injury every day, yet 90% of these eye injuries are preventable by wearing protective eyewear specific to the work environment. No matter what your profession, ensuring your eyes are safe is crucial to your vision health. Is your vision safe at work?

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How to Protect Your Vision in an Office Setting

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Many adults who work in an office setting are using electronic devices and staring at a screen for prolonged periods of time. Over time, this can have a very damaging effect on vision health and cause a variety of concerns, such as:

– Headaches
– Eye Strain
– Onset of Myopia (nearsightedness)
– Dry Eyes

Learn more about digital eye strain.

Prevent Digital Eye Strain and Myopia! Keep it 20/20/20!

When using digital devices…

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This technique allows eye muscles needed for distance vision to be used as well as near vision muscles. Practicing this technique may also help prevent the onset of myopia, a vision problem in which objects farther in distance appear blurry, but objects up close appear clear.

Are you interested in setting up a Vision Health Workplace Safety Presentation at your facility? Please contact Courtney at [email protected] for more information. Remember, awareness is one of the first steps to healthy vision.

Join Our Team!

Program Intern
Prevent Blindness Wisconsin is looking for an intern to help our team with the many programs in our office. If you have an interest in gaining professional experience in a health-oriented nonprofit agency or you just want to work in a fun work environment and gain some valuable skills, then this is the internship for you! To learn more about how to apply and to read the full job description click here.

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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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