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Hundreds of Georgia School Children to Receive Free Eye Exams and Glasses
Date:3/22/2010

ATLANTA, March 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia (BCBSGA) and OneSight®, a Luxottica Group Foundation have teamed to bring a regional clinic to Georgia from today, Monday, March 22, through Friday, March 26. Clayton County, Henry County and Spalding County Schools pre-selected approximately 600 students from kindergarten through high school based on their financial and vision needs to receive free vision care, including full vision exams and new eyewear. Held at the Luxottica Retail Distribution Center (100 Greenwood Industrial Pkwy, McDonough, GA 30253), local doctors, community partners, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia associates, as well as employees from LensCrafters, Sunglass Hut, Pearle Vision, Sears Optical and Target Optical will provide services and assistance during clinic hours (8 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily).

According to the Vision in Preschoolers Study, the National Institutes of Health, the National Eye Institute and NEI Clinical Studies, vision problems are the fourth most common disability in the United States, and one of the most prevalent conditions in childhood. In addition, the American Public Health Association (APHA) recently reported that one-in-four children in kindergarten through sixth grade has visual disabilities that affect their ability to learn. Some studies in
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