Prevent Blindness North Carolina
4011 WestChase Blvd., Suite 225
Raleigh, NC 27607

Prevent Blindness North Carolina (PBNC), also known as the National Society to Prevent Blindness - North Carolina Affiliate, Inc., was organized in 1967 as a nonprofit health agency. An independent affiliate of Prevent Blindness America (established in 1908), PBNC delivers direct service programs designed to preserve sight through screening, publications, safety, education, information and referral through volunteer efforts. PBNC's mission is to reach people before blindness strikes.

Prevent Blindness North Carolina is headquartered in Raleigh and is governed by a statewide Board of Directors, comprised of medical specialists, distinguished business people, civic leaders, and educators. As essential members of PBNC, volunteers carry out programs and services at the state and local levels. Prevent Blindness is part of the National Voluntary Health Agencies of North Carolina, the State Employees Combined Campaign and a member of the Governor's Consumer and Advocacy Commission for the Blind, the NC Center for Nonprofits and the Covenant with North Carolina's Children.

North Carolina Statistics

  • Every 11 minutes another person in our nation loses his or her sight. In North Carolina, the statistics are just as alarming:
  • 4,000 North Carolina school children, ages 5-19 suffer eye injuries each year.
  • 25,614 preschoolers and 349,518 school age children have visual problems.
  • 1 in 20 preschool age children in our state suffers from amblyopia. Amblyopia, also known as "lazy eye," is reduced vision in an eye that has not received adequate use during a child's early years. Unless this condition is detected and treated before the child's sixth birthday, lifelong vision damage is likely to occur.
  • More than 87,000 North Carolina adults have glaucoma, yet half do not realize they have this silent disease.
  • Last year, North Carolina workers' compensation bills for eye injuries sustained at the work place totaled over $1,000,000. Services for those already blind cost state tax payers over $30 million dollars annually.
  • Prevent Blindness North Carolina urges you to celebrate safely!  Fireworks are extremely dangerous. Do not purchase, use or store fireworks of any type. Protect yourself, your family and your friends by avoiding fireworks. Attend only authorized public fireworks displays conducted by licensed operators, but be aware that even professional displays can be dangerous.  According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission's 2014 Fireworks Annual Report, nearly 35% of injuries occurred in children under 15 years old.  To get the facts, click here.

Direct Service Programs

Kenneth C. Royall Jr. Children's Vision Screening Improvement Program

Operating in all 100 North Carolina counties, this program trains and certifies volunteer vision screeners and school system personnel to conduct mass screenings in public schools. In 2014-2015, 6,391 PBNC-certified screeners provided screenings to 511,698 school-aged children; referring 37,232 for follow-up care from an eye care professional.

Preschool Photo Refractive Vision Screening

Prevent Blindness North Carolina has been involved in preschool vision screening for 15 years, and screens more preschoolers annually than any other Prevent Blindness America affiliate. In the past three years, 78,320 North Carolina preschoolers have been screened through this program. In 2014-2015, 30,182 children were screened, and approximately 10% were referred for follow-up care from an eye care professional.

Vision Resource Programs

Prevent Blindness North Carolina partners with Vision Service Plan (a nationwide insurance company), local "Donor Docs", and participating LensCrafters, Sears Optical, Target Optical, and Pearle Vision Centers to offer free vision care vouchers. Vouchers are provided to PBNC as in-kind donations for exams and/or glasses. In 2014-2015, PBNC provided access to over $450,000 in free eye care to the citizens of North Carolina.

Adult and Community Health

Prevent Blindness North Carolina provides vision screenings to adults at health fairs, senior centers, health clinics, corporations, and the NC State Fair. This program seeks to advance primary care vision health programs through vision screening and diabetic educator training, retinal screenings, and connections to affordable follow-up eye care. In 2014-2015, 5,344 adults were screened across the state. Of those screened, 862 were referred to an eye care professional for follow-up care.


Does your child need glasses?? Free eye exams??

Call Prevent Blindness North Carolina at 1-800-543-7839 to find out the latest programs to serve your needs.


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Board of Directors

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