Why is children's vision screening so...

Why is children's vision screening so important and what you can do about it?

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Betsy Haushalter

Menomonee Falls, WI

#1 Sep 2, 2014
Why do children need vision screenings? Young children with vision problems often do not know that the way they see the world is not the way everyone sees it. They rarely complain. Often parents have no ides that their child has a vision problem. Yet vision problems affect 1 in 20 preschoolers and 1 in 4 school-age children. Without early detection and treatment, children’s vision problems can lead to permanent vision loss as well as learning difficulties. Vision screenings help discover children who should be seen by an eye care professional for a complete eye exam. It is why trained volunteers are needed in the Menomonee Falls area to conduct children's vision screenings.

To become a certified Children's Vision Screener, you must participate in a 2 hour Vision Screening Training Workshop conducted by Prevent Blindness Wisconsin. The training is designed to train community volunteers, school nurses, school personnel, public health professionals, and pediatric/family practitioner staff to conduct preschool or school vision screenings in your community.

The next Children's Vision Training Workshop conducted by Prevent Blindness Wisconsin will be held on Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am in the Elm Grove Community Room which is located in the lower level of the Elm Grove Library, 13600 Juneau Boulevard in Elm Grove Wisconsin. Attendance and active participation at this workshop will enable participants to become a certified vision screener, a certification that lasts three years.

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