Adult vision screening training and certification

Prevention is an important part of good healthcare. Members of volunteer organizations and service groups around the country take adult vision screening training so they can better serve their communities. Some offer vision screening as a benefit. Others provide these services for a fee.


Why is vision screening important? ► Why is vision screening important? ▼

More than 50,000 Americans lose their sight each year, and nearly half of these individuals go blind needlessly. So screening for possible eye problems makes good sense.

Prevention is an important aspect of health care. Many organizations, service groups and clubs take adult vision screening training so that they can provide vision screening services to their communities. Some offer vision screening as a benefit; other provide their services for a fee.

Vision screening is a good beginning to eye care. A screening does not replace a professional eye examination, but it can help identify individuals at risk for eye disease. Finding eye disease in its early, treatable stages saves sight.

Why vision screening training? ► Why vision screening training? ▼

While vision screening is not an exam, it is a great responsibility. Prevent Blindness America has the nation's only program for training and certifying adult and children's vision screeners. We believe that screeners need to be effective, consistent and of the highest quality. Through specially developed courses, Prevent Blindness America equips people to learn skills, practice them under the eyes of experienced observers, and earn valuable accreditation.

What is an adult vision screening? ► What is an adult vision screening? ▼

Prevent Blindness adult vision screenings consist of a number of steps. First, a screener will assess the participants' risk of several leading eye problems by asking questions about medical history, age, race and how recently they've seen an eye doctor.

The screening tests will check for refractive problems such as:

  • Nearsightedness or the inability to focus at a distance;
  • Farsighedness or the inability to focus at close ranges; and
  • "Aging eye" or a decrease in the ability to focus on things close up.

Also, a visual field test is used to help detect significant changes in peripheral (side) vision. Such changes can be early signs of glaucoma.

Lastly, a screener discusses the test results with each participant and makes a recommendation regarding the need for professional eye care.

What's involved in the training? ► What's involved in the training? ▼

Prevent Blindness' 6.5-hour training course utilizes the latest adult vision screening tools. The comprehensive manual provides participant information including reasons for screening, equipment and set-up lists, detailed instructions for conducting tests, activities, reference material and a glossary. Participants learn about:

  • Risks for certain eye diseases;
  • Distance acuity tests;
  • Near acuity tests;
  • Visual field tests;
  • Exit interviews to interpret results for the screened individual, make recommendations to see an eye doctor, provide information, answer questions and initiate follow-up; and
  • Appropriate screening reports.

The course emphasizes the importance of regular eye examinations, subject evaluation and effective follow-up. Upon completion of the Screener Basics Course, participants are candidates for certification. Certification is available to course participants who successfully demonstrate their knowledge of skills at an observed screening.

Are you interested in joining Prevent Blindness America's 35,000 volunteers by becoming a vision screener? ► Are you interested in joining Prevent Blindness America's 35,000 volunteers by becoming a vision screener? ▼