Vision Screening Tools for Children From Birth to Age 3

Did you know there is a relationship between a baby’s social smile and their vision? Did you know that some uncorrected vision disorders can affect a child’s learning?

Many vision disorders are highly treatable if detected early and eye care is received - even in young children. Screening vision is an effective way to identify children who would benefit from eye examinations and treatment.

In this webinar, you will learn about vision screening tools for children aged birth to 3 years, as well as resources to support parent education about children’s vision and accessing eye care.

We will also discuss:

  • The impact of uncorrected vision disorders on a child’s development, behavior, and learning
  • 18 vision development milestones that occur in the first year of life
  • Vision screening tools for children ages birth to 3 years
  • Free resources for parents/caregivers to support follow-up eye care.

About the Presenters:

During the last 19 years, Dr. P. Kay Nottingham Chaplin has provided more than 200 vision-related lectures at local, state, national, and international venues; participated on national webinar panels; and published vision screening papers. She provides technical assistance nationally about vision screening and evidence-based vision screening tools and has assisted states and school districts in creating or revising vision screening guidelines to meet evidence-based and best-practice recommendations from national organizations and research. Dr. Nottingham Chaplin serves as the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health (NCCVEH) at Prevent Blindness, coordinates the online Prevent Blindness Children’s Vision Screening Certification Course, serves as a contracted vision screening consultant for the School Health Corporation and the Good-Lite Company, and is a consultant to the Vision Screening Committee of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS). Prior to employment at Prevent Blindness, Dr. Nottingham Chaplin served as a member of the Advisory Committee to the NCCVEH.

Kira Baldonado is the Vice President of Public Health and Policy for Prevent Blindness where she is responsible for the mission-based work of the organization, focusing on program outreach, education, and policy directives. Kira, and her team of 7 staff members, are working to improve our nation’s vision and eye health system by leading consensus-driven initiatives and creating accountability and improved surveillance for vision, while reducing disparities in each step of the continuum of vision care. Kira is a certified Children’s Vision Screening Trainer for Prevent Blindness. Additionally, she has written numerous papers and abstracts on children’s vision and eye health systems.

Prior to her current position at Prevent Blindness, Kira was the Director of the National Center for Children's Vision and Eye Health (NCCVEH) at Prevent Blindness from 2011 to 2018. In that role, she was responsible for providing direction and leadership to early detection efforts and other essential public health interventions related to children's vision and eye health systems in the U.S. Kira initiated her career with Prevent Blindness at Prevent Blindness’ Ohio affiliate for 8 years as Director of Marketing and Community Services.

Donna Fishman, MPH, is the Director for the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health (NCCVEH) at Prevent Blindness. Donna coordinates the strategic programmatic efforts of the federally-funded NCCVEH, including the work of its Advisory Committee, state level initiatives, national partnerships, professional development, communications, publications, and federal agency relationships. She facilitates and manages the Better Vision Together Community of Practice and managed the development of the Small Steps for Big Vision tool kit to increase parent/caregiver education around children’s vision and eye health, as well as their own vision and eye health.

A seasoned public health professional, Ms. Fishman is skilled in coalition leadership, systems change, strategic planning, fundraising, program development and evaluation, and grant management. In her role, she advocates for public health and education systems that support a comprehensive children's vision and eye health system for children. Previously she directed school nurse leadership training and teacher education programs at Healthy Schools Campaign and directed a teen pregnancy prevention initiative in Minnesota.