Founded in 1965, Prevent Blindness Georgia (PBGA) is the state affiliate of Prevent Blindness, the leading voluntary eye health organization dedicated to the prevention of blindness and the preservation of sight. Focusing on the delivery of services to some of the state’s poorest and most vulnerable residents, PBGA provides no-cost eye exams and corrective glasses for people of all ages.
Through an eye screening and public education program called Star Pupils™, PBGA provides vision screening for young Georgians in Title 1 Schools, lottery-funded pre-kindergartens, Head Starts, and public and private preschools. On the other end of the age spectrum, PBGA operates a Vision Outreach (VO) program which primarily involves temporary pop-up clinics throughout the state in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) as well other free health clinics and outreach centers serving the homeless, migrants, those in transitional housing, domestic violence centers, addiction recovery services, and centers affiliated with the Area Agency on Aging.
For Georgia’s 10.5 million residents, many of whom are living in poverty or are uninsured, PBGA is a vital resource, offering sight-conserving services and advocating for a continuum of eye healthcare.