Transcript: Grant helps create access to vision care for Georgia students

Soft music plays as people stroll into a building. A sign by the entrance reads “Prevent Blindness Georgia.” Rows of glasses sit on display. A girl wears disposable sunglasses. She interviews, then wears a facemask during her check-up.

ON SCREEN TEXT:          Rylee Tomlin

                                          Receiving Vision Care

RYLEE: I’m here today because my eyes are gonna get checked. When I’m in school it’s hard to learn because I can’t see. I usually sit in the back of the class, and it makes it way harder. And I think about that all the time in the middle of the class. I’m really excited because I’m gonna get glasses.

A woman interviews while footage shows Rylee’s eye exam.

ON SCREEN TEXT:          Jill Thornton

                                          President and CEO, Prevent Blindness Georgia

JILL: I’m Jill Thornton, and I’m president and CEO of Prevent Blindness Georgia. We are a non-profit, and our mission is to prevent blindness and preserve sight. We were just thrilled to receive $125,000 from UnitedHealthcare. They’re helping us to have our dreams come true. We aren’t just coming in here and doing the vison screening, but we’re also able to give the free exams, and to get the children in their prescription eyeglasses.

Rylee’s eye exam continues while another woman interviews.

ON SCREEN TEXT:          Shavette Turner

                                          Vice President of Children’s Services,

                                          Prevent Blindness Georgia

SHAVETTE: We’ve had the opportunity to have at our fingertips some of the best doctors, the top doctors in Georgia, seeing these kids. To be able to provide this type of service complimentary, it’s a godsend for a lot of these families. Our work with these children is not done. This is not just a one-stop shop for them. That’s the beauty of our program. Even if we’re providing screening services, we still follow up with each family.

JILL: 80% of what a child learns is through their vision, and if they can’t see they aren’t learning. So many children who are put in learning disability classes or behavior classes, they just need glasses. And so, it’s extremely important that we find them at a very young age and just open the whole world up to them.

RYLEE: I picked out reddish brownish glasses that look really cute and cool, and I think I look really good in them. I’m really excited because I’m gonna see better.

Rylee puts on her new glasses with a smile. The UnitedHealthcare logo appears over a white background.