The Center is designed to support the development of public health infrastructure to promote and ensure a comprehensive, multi-tiered continuum of vision care and eye health for young children. The Center is committed to conducting this work through strong partnerships, sound science, and targeted policy initiatives.
In 2009, Prevent Blindness, with leadership and support from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, established the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health (“the Center”). The Center supports the development of a public health infrastructure to promote and ensure a comprehensive, multi-tiered continuum of eye health and vision care for young children.
The National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health serves as a major resource for providing leadership development, health promotion, communication and marketing, as well as education and training to public and private entities throughout the United States. The Center engages partners in ophthalmology, optometry, pediatrics, and public health to mobilize and utilize emerging technology protocols and instruments as well as encourage face-to-face discussion and engagement by all involved. Collectively this group is developing the infrastructure and best practices needed to improve the continuum of eye health care for young children. The level of commitment and excitement at both the national and state level is impressive and extensive. It is clear that this is an effort whose time has come and our communities are excited to contribute their work to ensure that all children are screened for vision problems and access the care needed to prevent vision loss.