Prekindergarten Vision Screenings

Prevent Blindness Georgia vision screens three, four, and five year old children in lottery-funded pre-kindergarten classes, childcare centers, and other preschools across the state. During the 2015-2016 school year, we screened nearly 32,000 children statewide in 98 counties. Over 2,500 children were referred for further care by an eye doctor.

Certified staff and volunteers conduct a two part screening with each child that includes:

  1. Observation: Children are observed for appearance, behavior or complaints which may indicate vision or eye problems.
  2. Distance Visual Acuity Test: In order to determine the visual acuity in each eye, children are asked to name the shapes on a wall-mounted chart while a volunteer covers one eye at a time. Or, children may be tested for risk factors for amblyopia with a photoscreening instrument.

Scheduling and Forms

To schedule a free vision screening for prekindergarten children (four-year-old class or lottery-funded pre-k class), please contact Mary Strammiello at (404) 537-4986.  

Click here to find forms for scheduled prekindergarten vision screenings.

Low Income Options

Vouchers: 

We offer a few different vouchers that will cover the cost of a child's eye exam and glasses. Click here to learn more.

Replacement Glasses: 

We provide replacements for lost or broken eyeglasses for children on Medicaid for $25.  Parents must first fax or email the child’s current prescription (less than one year old) to Prevent Blindness Georgia. The fax/email must contain:

  1. a current prescription
  2. the child’s pupillary distance (PD) measurement from the optician who originally filled the prescription
  3. the child’s birth date 
  4. the parent’s name and phone number

This information can be faxed to (404) 974-2947 or emailed to [email protected]. If you have any questions, please call DeAndria Nichols at (404) 266-2895.

Once the prescription is received, we will call the number provided to verify eligibility and schedule an appointment. All appointments are held at our office in Midtown Atlanta.

Only single vision lenses can be ordered.  Eye exams are not available.

Payment may be made by VISA, MasterCard or cash (correct change please).

Position Statement on Vision Screening School-Aged Children (6 and Older)

The goal of school-age vision screening (children ages 6 and older) is to identify children with as yet undiagnosed amblyopia or other early childhood vision disorders that may still respond to treatment. Screeners will also look for other vision changes that may begin in third, fourth, or fifth grade during growth spurts.

View and download Prevent Blindness' position statement on vision screening school-aged children here.