April 2, 2013
Free Preschool Vision Training Session
Free Preschool Vision Screening Training, Certification and Equipment Opportunity
Akron Community Foundation
345 West Cedar Road
Akron, OH 44307
Approximately 80 percent of what a child learns is learned visually. Early detection and treatment of vision disorders are important to maximize a child’s visual potential. The longer eye conditions are left untreated, the more likely they are to worsen, affecting learning ability, athletic performance and self-esteem. Nationally, only 38% of three year olds are screened for vision problems. Well-child check ups offer the primary care provider an opportunity, on a yearly basis, to screen the child’s vision for potential vision problems that can worsen and become more difficult to successfully treat if left until age six or seven.
"Vision problems affect one in four school-age children and one in twenty preschoolers, which is why regular vision care for children is so important," said Sherill Williams, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness Ohio.
To increase the visual quality of life for Ohio’s children, Prevent Blindness Ohio is offering FREE 4 hour trainings that will provide instruction on how to perform preschool vision screenings, including:
- Instruction on how to perform stereopsis and distance visual acuity screening,
- Detailed information on childhood eye diseases and disorders,
- Preschool Vision Screening Guide for Healthcare Professionals: published in partnership with Prevent Blindness America and American Academy of Pediatrics,
- Preschool Vision Screening Guidelines: published by the Ohio Dept. of Health,
- Sample referral and follow up resources and access to no cost eye exams and eyeglasses for qualifying families.
Upon successful completion of the training, as well as a two-hour homework component, participants will be certified with Prevent Blindness America. Prevent Blindness America is the only organization offering a national certification program for pediatric vision screening and vision screening training.
Expectations of participants receiving Preschool Vision Screening Certification:
1. To conduct vision screenings according to the established guidelines as presented in the training class,
2. To document and report to the Ohio Dept. of Health individual screening results via ImpactSIIS for a period of three years.
Participants are also eligible to receive free vision screening equipment (a $300 value) that includes:
- Lea Symbol Chart for Screening for visual acuity
- Model A Good-Lite Visual Acuity cabinet
- Random Dot E stereopsis test
- Assorted children’s vision care resources and brochures.
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