Our mission is to prevent blindness and preserve sight for the people of Georgia. Incorporated in 1965, we raise awareness about eye health and safety, advocate for public health policy and raise funds to provide a range of vision programs.
WHAT WE DO
Prevent Blindness Georgia (PBGA) serves thousands each year across the state of Georgia with:
-Vision screening for about 35,000 prekindergarten children
-Eye exams and free or low-cost glasses for 2,000+ adults in need
-Training for 500+ public health nurses and school nurses to vision screen children
-Public education messages and advocacy for vision issues
SIGHT SAVING PROGRAMS
Star Pupils™ performs vision screenings for four year old children in lottery-funded prekindergarten classes, at childcare centers and other preschools. We conduct an on-site three-part screening which includes observation of the child, a distance visual acuity test and a stereopsis test to ensure the child’s two eyes are working together. 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 six 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. 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, wet macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and others. This year we have begun a glaucoma treatment program to provide care for those without access to medications or ongoing care.
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. After the photo is reviewed by a glaucoma specialist, referrals for treatment are made or we provide treatment in our clinic.
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.