Vision screenings are not required at a child’s school, so a proper vision screening at the pediatrician’s office is crucial for identifying vision problems early to help children see, learn, and play. To help ensure children are seeing clearly, Prevent Blindness Wisconsin offers Certified Children’s Vision Screener Trainings to pediatric office staff throughout Wisconsin.
The one-hour long training covers protocol set by the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health and is recommended by the Wisconsin Early Childhood Collaborating Partners Healthy Children Committee’s Comprehensive and Aligned System for Early Childhood Screening and Assessment: Wisconsin’s Blueprint. At the training staff members will learn:
- Children’s vision screening components, procedures, and evidence-based protocol.
- The purpose and importance of a vision screening and follow-up care.
- How to recognize signs and symptoms of possible vision problems.
- How to interpret screening results and determine referrals.
- Best practices for vision screening tools and vision screening location – including on-site consultation with Prevent Blindness Wisconsin program staff.
- How to improve access to vision care with parent education, follow-up techniques, and financial resources.
The training can be scheduled before clinic hours, over the lunch hour, or after clinic hours.