Prevent Blindness Wisconsin works in cooperation with public health nurses, school nurses, healthcare staff, students, volunteers, childcare providers, Wisconsin Lion/Lioness, and Head Start personnel to provide free vision screenings across the state. These services include: vision screening training and certification, consultation, vision screening materials and resources, and educational brochures to our screening partners.
This year, screening partners reported a total of 219,745 children screened and of those screened, 22,431 children were referred for professional eye examinations. We are pleased to share that our sight-saving mission was represented across all 72 Wisconsin counties, depicting our statewide impact through our children’s vision screening programs.
1 in 20 preschoolers and 1 in 4 school-aged children has a vision problem, and it is not always easy to detect. Sometimes children have trouble seeing and don’t even realize they are seeing the world differently than others. Healthy vision is important for learning and success in school. For most children, 80% of learning happens visually. Vision problems can make it hard for children to read and learn, and unfortunately, many fall behind in school or show behavioral problems.
If you are interested in learning more about our Children's Vision Screening program, please contact Valerie Grimm, Community Health Manager, at [email protected] or (414)-765-0505.