Prevent Blindness Northern California (PBNC) exists to screen for vision problems in pre-school aged children in the Bay Area, to connect and provide them with better vision care, and to improve their ability to learn and grow.

PBNC, through its flagship See Well to Learn program offers preschool aged vision screenings, mobile optometry services, eye glasses follow-up care, parental consultation and referral management to appropriate medical care for more serious vision problems.



See Well to Learn™ is unique in not only uncovering vision issues, but also ensuring that underserved children receive the follow-up care they need by bringing the eye doctor to them. See Well to Learn™ has shown to improve follow-up rates from a failed vision screening to seeing an eye doctor from 43% to 76%.


Click here to see a video on our impact.


Seth M. Schalet

CEO of Prevent Blindness Northern California

Seth is the Chief Executive Officer of Prevent Blindness Northern California (PBNC), joining in 2015 and brinings 30 years of leadership in both for profit and nonprofit sectors. In this role Seth leads operations, finance, marketing, programs, development (fundraising), community outreach, board and volunteer engagement programs. Previously, he served as the Executive Director with the Pacific Art League, an arts education organization in Palo Alto -See Full Bio

April Nakayoshi, MPH, CHES

Vice President, Programs and Evaluation

April joined Prevent Blindness Northern California in 2001 and became Program Director in 2008. Prior to joining PBNC, she worked in international trade. She has a BA in English Literature from UC Berkeley, a Masters in Public Health from Walden University, and is a Certified Health Education Specialist.

Andrew Arnold

Director of Development

Andrew joined Prevent Blindness in November 2015 as Director of Development. Andrew comes to PBNC with over ten years experience in fundraising and communications. Most recently, he served as Interim Director of Development for Center for Youth Wellness, overseeing development efforts. He holds a Bachelor's degree in English and Psychology from the University of Kansas.

Irene Kaufman

Office Manager / Human Resources

Irene joined Prevent Blindness Northern California in October of 2015. Prior to joining PBNC Irene provided office and administrative support in non-profits, tech companies and different departments in UC San Francisco Medical Center. She has a background in Montessori teaching, office management and is fluent in Spanish. In her free time she likes to garden, knit, do yoga, and study nutrition and herbal medicine.

PK Shelton

Senior Accountant

PK joined Prevent Blindness in August 2016 as Sr. Accountant. PK has over 20 years of accounting experience in both for profit and nonprofit sectors. Most recently PK has served as Interim Accounting Manager for several San Francisco nonprofits, including San Francisco Food Bank, Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco. PK has a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Portland State University. In her free time, she likes to walk the hills of San Fra -See Full Bio

Jessica Schaffer

See Well to Learn Program Manager

Jessica Schaffer joined See Well to Learn in 2015. She has her Master’s degree in Public Health from UC Berkeley. Before joining See Well to Learn she spent three years Guatemala where she carried out health, education and research programs among the indigenous population. Jessica also spent many years working in preschool and elementary schools throughout the Bay Area.

Dr. Lita Wu, OD


Dr. Wu joined Prevent Blindness Northern California in 2016. She has a BS in General Biology from UC San Diego and a Doctorate of Optometry from Nova Southeastern University, FL. During her in-house rotation at Nova Southeastern University, which entailed training in all sub-specialties of Optometry, she particularly enjoyed her time during the pediatrics rotation, where she performed comprehensive eye exams, strabismus evaluations, and conducted visio -See Full Bio

Become a Volunteer

We wouldn't be able to have the impact we do without the help of our generous volunteers.

Sign up to be a See Well to Learn volunteer today. Submit your information and a member of our team will get back to you with the various volunteer positions. Thank you for your interest in supporting us and your community!




Certified Vision Screening

We’ve screened over a million children and counting. All parents want to feel confident that their child has the healthy

Comprehensive eye exams

Comprehensive eye exams for those children that fail the screening. Exams are performed by a licensed optometrist who is experienced


If necessary, connection to pediatric ophthalmology through partnerships with UCSF, Palo Alto Medical Foundation and others.

Free Glasses

Free prescription glasses are provided for children that require them.


Follow‐up vision check for children that are prescribed glasses and are at higher risk for serious ongoing vision problems.

Continued Support

Ongoing support for parents and teachers on compliance and treatment. This includes events for children wearing glasses so parents can


You're donation makes a huge impact on the lives of the children we serve. Thank you for supporting us in our mission to provide vision care to Bay Area children in need! 2016TRbadge-lg

Supporter $10
    Provides treats for 20 children after their eye exam on the Eye Bus
Sustainer $25
    Provides a follow-up call to see if a child is wearing the free glasses we gave them
Visionary $50
    Provides a child with a free pair of glasses!


We have some great events in the past. We hope that you'll join us in the future!

Through the Eyes of a Child

October 25, 2016 at 7:30 am to 10:30 am
Place: City Club San Francisco

(Past Event) Shimmy Pop for Vision Health

January 9, 2016 at 7:30 pm to 11:59 pm
Place: 3270 Lakeshore Avenue, Oakland, CA


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  • 550 Kearny Street, Suite 1000 San Francisco, CA 94108
  • (415) 567-7500
  • savingsight@eyeinfo.org