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Prevent Blindness Works With Eagles Charitable Foundation to Train Philadelphia School Nurses

PHILADELPHIA—Prevent Blindness, the leading volunteer eye health and safety organization in the U.S., oversaw the administration of vision-screening training and certification at a professional development meeting for Philadelphia school nurses held here Friday. The professional development meeting was hosted by the Philadelphia Eagles Charitable Foundation and was held at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the NFL’s Eagles. It was the seventh annual professional development meeting the foundation has hosted for Philadelphia school nurses, according to a statement about the event. According to the statement, studies indicate that about one in four school-aged children have a vision problem that requires treatment…


Prevent Blindness Declares August as Children’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month

CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness has declared August as Children’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month in an effort to educate the public on the importance of healthy vision for kids. The organization is asking all parents and caregivers to set their children on a path to success in the classroom by taking them for a certified vision screening or eye exam. More than one in 20 preschool-age children and one in four school-age children have a vision disorder, the organization stated. The National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness (NCCVEH) issued a comprehensive report, “Children’s Vision and Eye…


Prevent Blindness Holds 6th Annual Focus on Eye Health Summit

(L to R) Former Rep. John Tierney, Prevent Blindness CEO Hugh Parry and former Rep. Phil Gingrey attended the Prevent Blindness Focus on Eye Health National Summit. WASHINGTON, D.C.—Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest volunteer eye health and safety organization, held its sixth annual Focus on Eye Health National Summit on June 28 in Washington, D.C. The Summit included a variety of presentations related to this year’s theme, “What’s in Sight?” Jeff Todd, COO of Prevent Blindness, told VMail, “It is our hope that this Summit Cyrus Habib, Lieutenant Governor of Washington State, served as a keynote speaker at the Prevent…


Prevent Blindness Educates Public on Dangers of Consumer Fireworks

CHICAGO—With the Fourth of July only days away, Prevent Blindness is once again supporting the development and enforcement of bans on the importation, sale and use of all fireworks and sparklers, except those used in authorized public displays by competent licensed operators. According to a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) study, injuries from fireworks sent approximately 8,000 Americans to the emergency room over the Fourth of July holiday. The organization’s latest annual report stated that 42 percent of the estimated emergency department treated, fireworks-related injuries were to individuals younger than 20 years of age. The CPSC also reported 11…


Prevent Blindness Announces Sixth Annual Focus on Eye Health National Summit

CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness will hold the sixth annual Focus on Eye Health National Summit on June 28 form 7:30 am to 3:30 pm at the National Press Club Washington D.C. The Summit will include presentations related to this year’s theme, “What’s in Sight?” In response to the 2016 release of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s (NASEM) Report, “Making Eye Health a Population Health Imperative: Vision for Tomorrow,” the agenda will feature discussions around key pillars of public health such as health policy, surveillance, health promotion, and state/community programs. Expected attendees include patient advocates, community-based organizations, national vision and…