Our mission is to prevent blindness and preserve sight for the people of Georgia. Incorporated in 1965, we provide a range of vision programs that serve thousands of Georgians statewide, train nurses and childcare providers to vision screen children, raise awareness about eye health and safety, and advocate for vision health.
WHAT WE DO
Prevent Blindness Georgia (PBGA) serves thousands each year across the state of Georgia with:
-Vision screenings for nearly 30,000 prekindergarten children
-Screenings, eye exams and low-cost glasses for a total of nearly 2,000 adults in need
-Training for 190+ nurses and child care providers to vision screen children
-Public education messages and advocacy for vision issues
SIGHT SAVING PROGRAMS
Star Pupils™ performs vision screenings for three, four and five year old children in lottery-funded prekindergarten classes, at childcare centers, and at other preschools statewide. We conduct an on-site screening that includes observation of the child and either a distance visual acuity test or testing with a computer-aided photoscreener. Star Pupils focuses on helping prekindergarten children have the best vision possible to increase their chances of success in school and to maintain good vision for a lifetime. About eight percent of the children fail the screening each year and are referred to an eye doctor for further evaluation. Star Pupils also offers replacement eyeglasses for qualifying children with a current prescription.
Vision Outreach™ provides quality, comprehensive eye exams free of charge to indigent, low-income and uninsured adults. All participants are given access to low-cost or free prescription glasses. In addition, we educate those at risk of developing eye disease and refer people for follow up care if we find conditions such as cataract, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy.
Georgia Retinal Imaging Project (GRIP) utilizes portable retinal imaging technology to provide a free, community-based screening program for people at high risk for diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. Retinal photos are reviewed by a glaucoma specialist and referrals for treatment are made when needed.
WHO WE SERVE
Our target populations include preschool age children, low-income adults and persons at risk for aging eye diseases: African-Americans and Hispanics over age 40, people with diabetes, those with a family history of glaucoma and everyone over age 60.