Early vision screening is an important, essential element in school readiness and overall child health. Uncorrected vision problems can impair child development, interfere with learning, and even lead to permanent vision loss. The medical home is an important site of vision screening, referral, and eye health care coordination. Many primary care practices are not up to date on evidence-based approaches to preschool vision screening and many are using outdated vision screening equipment and charts.
Through funding from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and the Save Our Sight Program, the Preschool Vision Screening (PVS) Learning Collaborative is bringing together key partners including the Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (Ohio AAP); Prevent Blindness, Ohio Affiliate (PBO); and ODH to prevent vision loss in preschool age children by supporting pediatric primary care providers.
What is in it for YOU and YOUR patients?
- Up-to-date vision screening equipment valued at $800
- Efficient vision screening practices to make YOUR job easier
- Improved billing practices for more effective billing
- Onsite vision screening training and certification for your staff
- MOC II, MOC IV, and continuing nurse education credits
- Access to free eye exams and eyeglasses for uninsured or underinsured adults and children
At the end of the most recent wave of the PVS Learning Collaborative, providers were successfully completing comprehensive vision screening 88% of the time during a well visit for their preschool age population, compared to 8% of the time at the beginning of the collaborative.
“Our clinic found all the training and practice coaching in the PVS quality improvement project very helpful. The training our medical assistants received was so helpful and important, and really helped us improve vision screening in our clinic. Our families really liked the “new” way of screening and the resources that were provided. We are glad we participated. It was a very enjoyable experience,”
– 2020 PVS program participant
Join the PVS Learning Collaborative now to ensure your preschool patients have healthy vision! The next program will launch winter 2022 and space is limited; contact Kristen Fluitt to enroll today!