The Blind Association of Butler and Armstrong

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Prevention of Blindness

 

Prevention of Blindness program goal is to help identify eyesight problems early so individuals can seek treatment and prevent loss of eyesight.  To accomplish this, we offer (free of charge) a wide variety of prevention of blindness & eye safety programs to local communities in Butler and Armstrong Counties.

PROGRAMS INCLUDE:

 

Preschool Screenings

Preschool vision screenings are provided to identify preschool aged children who may be experiencing visual difficulties due to amblyopia (lazy eye). These children are then referred for a complete eye examination with an eye-care professional. If detected and treated early, most children will develop improved or normal vision.

 

Children with amblyopia usually do not know that what they are seeing is not normal, and are unable to tell their parents that something is wrong. Unless there is an obvious sign such as crossed eyes, there is nothing to suggest to the parent that there may be a problem.

Amblyopia is caused by any condition that affects normal use of the eyes and visual development. There are three major causes of amblyopia:

  • Amblyopia commonly occurs with strabismus (misaligned or crossed eyes.)
  • Although both eyes may be healthy and functioning well, they may not be functioning together. Amblyopia can occur when one eye is more nearsighted, farsighted, or astigmatic than the other. The image received can be double or blurred. The brain suppresses or pays less attention to the eye that is not the clearest. When this happens, the vision in the ignored or “lazy eye” cannot develop normally.
  • Any factor, such as cataracts, that prevents a clear image from being focused inside the eye can lead to amblyopia.

To schedule a screening for your preschool, please contact us at 724-287-4059

  • Adult vision screenings - Adult screenings are provided throughout Butler and Armstrong Counties.  The POB Specialists stress the importance of regularly scheduled eye exams and assist in the early detection of glaucoma, macular degeneration, and other eyesight problems.  Screenings include distance and near visual acuities, color perception, and depth perception. Age Related Macular Degeneration screenings are also provided using an Amsler Grid. Individuals are instructed in the use of the Amsler, and are provided with one to continue the screenings at home. 

Individuals who fail the vision screenings or have abnormal readings during the screenings are referred to eye care professionals for complete eye examinations.

Adult Screenings

  • Public education & awareness: Educational and informational presentations are provided to preschools, schools, colleges, senior centers, clubs, and organizations on a wide variety of vision related topics. “Reckless Racoon” for preschoolers, For adults we offer program topics that include: Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma, Diabetic Retinopathy and Workers Eye Safety. Programs using low vision simulation glasses are also very popular.
  • Health fairs: Staff provides services at several health fairs each year. Vision screenings, educational displays, and educational materials are available for attendees.
  • Eyeglasses cleaning/adjustments: Free eyeglasses cleanings and adjustments are offered at senior centers, senior living facilities, and personal care / nursing homes.

To schedule a screening, please contact us at 724-287-4059

 

                                       322 North Cedar Street      Butler, PA 16001-4958    724-287-4059    info@theblindassociation.org