World Sight Day Screening – We partnered with a local Lions Club in Cordele, a rural part of Georgia with limited access to healthcare, to hold a screening event. We screened 200-300 people of which 50% had significant refractive error and were able to select frames and have glasses made by one of our partners Lions Lighthouse. We also had a fundus camera which allowed us to screen participants for glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. It was a wonderful event that was very graciously received by the local population. Additionally, each Georgia 2020 member had tables educating the public on different blinding diseases.
World Sight Day Speaking Event – With a generous donation by Allergan we were able to bring world renowned actor/singer/activist Tom Sullivan to speak. Mr. Sullivan was born premature and has been blind since infancy due to retinopathy of prematurity. However, this has not stopped him from having an extremely successful career as an actor and singer. He spoke to a group of over 70 participants on “Turning Disability into Ability” as well as ways we s eye care providers and activists can improve eye care through our research, clinics and outreaches. He was incredibly inspiring and impacted all those in attendance.
Georgia 2020 Members: Emory Eye Center, Prevent Blindness Georgia, Center for the Visually Impaired, Lions Lighthouse, Atlanta Lions Club, Georgia Society of Ophthalmology, Georgia Optometric Association, Georgia Eye Bank, Alcon, Emory School of Medicine Ophthalmology Interest Group
Jacquelyn O’Banion, MSc Public Health for Eye Care Alumna 2014/15