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Prevent Blindness Children’s Vision Screening Certification Course

The Prevent Blindness Children’s Vision Screening Certification course provides participants with a certification in the most current evidence-based vision screening and eye health best practices for school-aged and preschool-aged children.

Prevent Blindness Certification Program Overview

Who Should Take the Course?

The Prevent Blindness Children’s Vision Screening Certification Course is appropriate for professionals in home visiting and early care and education programs, as well as in school, childcare, public health, and primary healthcare settings.

The Prevent Blindness course content will meet the vision screening needs, for example, of:

    • Head Start Program Staff
    • Medical Assistants
    • Public Health Nurses
    • Primary Healthcare Providers
    • Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
    • Physician Assistants in Pediatrics
    • Early Care and Education Staff
    • Home Visiting Program Staff
    • Community Volunteers
    • Private School Nurses

(MA Public School Nurses please contact your Regional School Nurse Consultant, or the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for your training schedule.)

What Will You Learn?

Participants will learn:

  • Common vision disorders in children.
  • How to use evidence-based and age-appropriate tools for vision screening.
  • How to enhance your screening programs to improve follow-up to eye care for referred children.
  • How to gain access to several educational resources.

What is Certification, and How Long is it Valid?

Successful completion of the course will result in a three-year nationally recognized certification in Children’s Vision Screening provided by Prevent Blindness.

In-Person Children’s Vision Screening Training Class

Prevent Blindness will work with groups of individuals to arrange for our certified Trainers to provide on-site training. The Prevent Blindness Children’s Vision Screening Certification Course runs approximately 3 to 4 hours. We cover:

  • ABCs (appearance, behavior, and complaint) of possible vision disorders;
  • An overview of vision disorders in the target age group;
  • An explanation of age-appropriate, Prevent Blindness-approved vision screening tools;
  • How to set up the vision screening environment;
  • How to use the vision screening tools;
  • Referral protocols; and
  • Suggestions for improved follow-up on referrals.

We can accommodate 10 to 20 individuals per class and trainer. Class size is limited because we provide time to practice with the screening equipment and role play to demonstrate learned skills. We may also cover other topics depending on geographical needs and interests, such as an overview of educational resources for staff, parents, and students.

Training fees include:

  • Professional fee per day for trainer
  • Per person charge for materials
  • Travel expenses, including mileage or Coach class airfare, ground transportation, hotel, and meal per diem.

Please contact Paulette Tattersall at [email protected] regarding training fees and services for your area and/or to schedule a workshop.

How Our Children’s Vision Screening Training is Developed

Prevent Blindness is the only organization to offer a national training and certification program in children’s vision screening and screening program implementation. All Prevent Blindness screening programs are based on: medically accepted and scientifically tested screening techniques and technologies; standardized training, testing and reporting; and continual program evaluation.

To ensure our vision screening program is well designed, Prevent Blindness engages the guidance of its Scientific Advisors who are members of the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health Advisory Committee, The committee and its sub-committees are leading experts in child health and vision care from across the country, including ophthalmologists, optometrists, pediatricians, public health strategists, family representatives, vision and eye health researchers, and others.

If a Child Fails Vision Screening

If your child fails the vision screening, and/or you think they have trouble seeing, please read the below brochure.


If Your Child Fails a Vision Screening (English)

If Your Child Fails a Vision Screening (Spanish)

If Your Child Fails a Vision Screening (Haitian)

If Your Child Fails a Vision Screening (Portuguese)

If Your Child Fails a Vision Screening Somali Brochure

If Your Child Fails a Vision Screening Vietnamese Brochure

If Your Child Fails a Vision Screening (English and Spanish)

The Massachusetts Preschool Vision Screening Protocol

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