Prevent Blindness Texas (PBT)

November 30, 2010

By: Jerry Turboff

As the President of Prime Capital Corporation, a leading Houston real estate agency, I am proud to be able to give back to the community through charitable contributions. One charity I support is Prevent Blindness Texas (PBT) and its parent organization, Prevent Blindness America. PBT was founded in 1956 as a volunteer-based non-profit, dedicated to preventing blindness and preserving sight through free programs. This was only two years after the founding of the first Connecticut affiliate of the National Society to Prevent Blindness. PBT continues its mission to this day, offering comprehensive vision screenings, public and professional education programs, and a variety of referral services. In May, 2010 PBT was divided into four regions, in order to better focus its efforts: Northeast (Dallas), Northwest (Fort Worth), Southeast (Houston), and Southwest (San Antonio). Research suggests that blindness is preventable for nearly half of the 50,000 people in the United States who are diagnosed with the disability each year. For this reason, PBT offers adult and children’s vision screenings as a preventative measure. If the PBT screener detects a vision deficiency after a series of tests, individuals are referred to eye care professionals who can provide prescriptions and treatment. A child-specific vision screening test is the stereopsis screening/muscle imbalance screening, utilizing the Random Dot E Test. This test is mandatory for all children up to the age of nine. PBT adult referrals can take advantage of the Partners in Prevention Program, through which eye care professionals donate a certain number of free eye exams and glasses annually. These donations apply only to individuals who do not qualify for social services, and cannot otherwise afford the cost of eye care. As a way of raising funds, PBT holds several events each year, including Light the Night for Sight in the Southwest region, and See No Vino! wine-tasting events in the Southeast and Northwest regions. For further information on becoming involved with Prevent Blindness Texas as a volunteer or donor, visit the website www.preventblindness.org/TX.