We touch the lives of children, adults and families throughout the state. We are proud to share some of our success stories with you.
Keshawn Riase-Bledsoe suspected that her son Wyatt, age 4, had a vision problem after noticing that he would sit too close to the television. A vision screening by Prevent Blindness Georgia confirmed her suspicion that Wyatt was not seeing clearly.
Laurie Irby, Director of Children’s Vision Programs at PBGA and a certified vision screener, visited Wyatt’s prekindergarten to vision screen the children through the Star PupilsTM program. Wyatt failed the free vision screening and was referred to an eye doctor for further evaluation.
Wyatt visited an eye doctor, where he was diagnosed with astigmatism and prescribed glasses. He has fully embraced the glasses that help him to see so much better. “I'm very proud of my son and how quickly he adapted to his glasses,” noted Riase-Bledsoe. “Wyatt loves his glasses. He's very careful of how he places them in the eyeglass case and makes sure that either his dad or mom does not forget to clean them before school each day.”
The glasses have helped Wyatt improve on activities that he had trouble with before. Riase-Bledsoe explained: “Wyatt's coloring skills, cutting paper, and writing has been even better since getting his glasses.” He enjoys reading books and makes sure to wear his glasses when reading or watching television.
Luke, age 5, was screened by a PBGA certified vision screener at his preschool in Forsyth County in October 2015. His mother never suspected that he had a vision problem. Luke failed the screening and went to an ophthalmologist, where he was diagnosed with amblyopia and was prescribed glasses. Since receiving the glasses, his mom says that his school performance has improved, and especially his handwriting and recognizing letters. In fact, Luke said “I need my glasses, mom, so I can see better.” Luke’s thankful mom explained, “we were afraid that he wouldn’t wear the glasses, but the moment he put them on he said ‘thank you mom, I can see so much better.’ It broke our heart knowing that he couldn’t see well the first four years of his life, but now with the Prevent Blindness screening we are aware and can help. Thank you!”
LeMell Cobbs, Pre-K Transition Coach for Fulton County Schools, exclaimed, “I love Prevent Blindness Georgia! It’s a wonderful organization. I really can’t say enough about the good work you do.”
LeMell is singing the praises of the Prevent Blindness Georgia Star Pupils™ program which provides vision screenings for more than 32,000 four year old children throughout Georgia, including Fulton County prekindergarten children.
The program uses a Lea Symbols Chart and a Random Dot E test to detect such vision issues as amblyopia or “Lazy Eye” blindness which can lead to permanent vision loss if not found early. “It’s a simple, quick screening test and even works for non-English speaking children,” LeMell said, noting that the referral results are “immediate.”
When children fail the vision screening, they are referred to an eye doctor for further evaluation and treatment if needed. “Many vision conditions can be detected through the vision check,” LeMell said. “I follow through with the families. It’s wonderful to see children’s vision problems addressed and corrected.”
I'm writing this note on behalf of Gus. You came to his preschool and performed a free vision screening on him and detected some problems.
We followed up with an optometrist and found that he had decreased vision in his right eye and "lazy eye." They feel that because it was caught while he's still young, they will be able to completely correct his vision. It has already improved from 20/125 to 20/40 in just three months.
We are so grateful that you came and provided this service. We were completely unaware that he had a problem because his left eye compensated so well.
Thank you so much!
Tammy Watts from Alapha, Georgia, 60 miles outside of Valdosta, writes, “I was at wit’s end with no insurance and no way of getting glasses. The clinic saved my career and my eyes. I’m very, very thankful for you and your organization. ..There are still angels walking among us. I want people to know about this – that you don’t have to go blind.”
Thank you so much for existing! Your test and expertise discovered something that had not been detected by previous eye tests or myself.
After receiving his glasses, my son's first words were, "I can see!" He was so excited about all the things he could see, things he never made comments about before like billboards and letters made in rock formations that we've passed many times.
Your organization has made a great difference in my son's life.
I just want to express my appreciation for the free eye exam program offered to diabetics in Dade County. My exam was a surprisingly pleasant experience. The doctor was not only thorough but friendly and put me at ease. Also the ladies there, whom I believe were from your organization, were so very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The north Georgia area is in great demand for this type of assistance program. I hope to see this assistance stay and also to see it spawn more programs like it.
I want to thank Mrs. Taylor and everyone at Prevent Blindness Georgia for the work that you do. If it was not for Mrs. Taylor coming to my daughter's school on November 9, I would have never known that my daughter needed glasses.
My daughter has had two EED screenings for school. Obviously, she passed both. Candyce has always complained of headaches however, CAT scans and MRI tests all came back negative for anything I needed to worry about. Never once did her physician suggest that I have her eyes checked. She has always crossed her eyes. I thought it was something new that she learned and was doing it on her own. I never knew that it was because she was straining to focus her eyes from a distance to something close.
I am so grateful for you and your program because without your assistance, I do not know how long it would have been before anyone realized that she could not see. Again, thank you for caring about our children.
Candyce will have her glasses in a few days and hopefully, she will continue to excel in school.
With the most gratitude,