Early Learning Program Updates

Early Learning Program Updates

Free Preschool Vision Screening Training, Certification and Equipment


Prevent Blindness, Ohio Affiliate (PBO) is offering preschool vision screening trainings supported by the Save Our Sight Fund.  Individuals who successfully complete the training will receive free equipment and national certification.  The target audience for the training includes health care and allied healthcare professionals, child care/day care providers, school nurses and public health professionals.
Early detection and treatment of vision disorders is 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. 

"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 the Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness (PBO).
The training will provide instruction on how to perform preschool vision screenings, including:

  • Instruction on how to perform stereopsis and distance visual acuity screening utilizing the 5 ft. Lea visual acuity test and the PASS2 stereopsis test;
  • Detailed information on childhood eye diseases and disorders;
  • Preschool Vision Screening Guidelines: published by the Ohio Dept. of Health; and
  • Sample referral and follow up resources and access to no cost eye exams and eyeglasses for qualifying families.
Participants are eligible to receive FREE vision screening equipment (a $500 value) that includes:
  • VIP single, crowded Lea Symbols Visual Acuity screening test at 5 feet for screening visual acuity and
  • Preschool Assessment of Stereopsis (PASS2) for screening stereopsis.  
Trainings are scheduled in the following cities:
  • Canton 
  • Cincinnati
  • Fremont
  • Kettering
  • Lorain
  • Toledo
  • Westerville
For more information, and to register for a training, please visit the Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness website at: https://www.wiseabouteyes.org/trainings.