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September 30, 2019
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Emory Eye Center Hosts Two Events in Honor of World Sight Day

World Sight Day Logo (Atlanta) – World Sight Day is an international day of awareness and advocacy held each year to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment. This year, the Emory Eye Center will host two events recognizing World Sight Day on October 10. This year’s call to action is: Vision First!

On Thursday, Oct. 3, Susan Robinson will speak at the Buckhead Club in Atlanta. Robinson is a business leader, inspirational speaker, blogger, entrepreneur and a TED Resident.

In 1992, Robinson was diagnosed with a genetic visual impairment known as Stargardt’s disease, which significantly impacted her vision. The vision loss caused her to forgo her dream of becoming an orthopedic surgeon and to seek out a career in organizational leadership. Today, Robinson continues to share her experiences of being legally blind and empowers others to shift thinking, elevate potential and inspire action.

Susan Robinson Ted Talk Susan Robinson Ted Residency Talk “Susan is a gifted speaker who has led discussions with the United Nations on disability and uses her experiences to influence the thinking of Fortune 500 company leaders and CEOs. She is funny and sincere and I very much look forward to hearing her speak,” says Dr. Jacquelyn O’Banion, MD, MSc. director of Global Ophthalmology-Emory (GO-Emory) at Emory Eye Center.

The Oct. 3 program will be held from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Buckhead Club, 3344 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 2600, Atlanta, GA 30326.

Tickets for the speaker event are $10 each and are available for purchase from eventbrite.com.

On Saturday, Oct. 5, a FREE VISION SCREENING event will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the YMCA of Metro Atlanta (569 MLK Jr. Drive, NW, Atlanta, GA 30314). The event, which is sponsored by Emory Eye Center and other members of Georgia Vision 2020, will include free vision screenings and eye checks for adults and children, information packets that will include the importance of routine eye care and preventing vision loss, and free prescription eyeglasses - while supplies last.

“Sadly, many causes of vision loss, such as glaucoma and diabetes, are silent and are affecting one’s vision long before they notice it,” O’Banion says. “Routine eye care or periodic vision screenings are imperative to catch many vision conditions early. With Georgia 2020, we aim to reach those populations that may not have regular or easy access to eye care services.”

Volunteers are also needed to help at the event. If you would like to volunteer on Oct. 5, send your name and email address to georgia2020initiative@gmail.com. This is a great opportunity to be involved with the GA Vision 2020 community.

Georgia Vision 2020 members work to help Georgians achieve their full visual potential through education, vision screenings, health promotion, and advocacy. Members include the Center for the Visually Impaired, Emory Eye Center, Georgia Eye Bank, Inc., Georgia Lions Lighthouse, Georgia Optometric Association, Georgia Society of Ophthalmology, Grady Memorial Hospital, Intelligent Retinal Imaging Systems, Lions Clubs International, Prevent Blindness Georgia, and Premier Ophthalmic Services, Inc.

 

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