ATLANTA (May 28, 2014) - Over 100 guests attended the Georgia Vision Collaborative’s 2nd Annual Focus on Eye Health: An Aging Eye Summit on May 21, 2014. Attendees learned about the risk factors for aging eye diseases such as glaucoma, treatment options for these diseases, and resources available to help. Presenters stressed the overall message that vision care is an important part of one’s health and wellbeing. All attendees were able to receive free vision screenings and directories of vision resources as well.

Speakers included:

  • Gerry Bouey, TBG Consulting
  • Dr. John Crews, CDC Vision Health Initiative
  • Dr. Jason Peragallo, Emory Eye Center
  • Dr. Tonya English, PharmaCare Solutions, Inc.
  • Dr. Madeleine Hackney, Emory School of Medicine
  • Dr. Patricia Griffiths, Atlanta VA Rehabilitation Research and Development
  • Susan Garber, Center for the Visually Impaired
  • Lisa Pope, Center for the Visually Impaired
  • Eric Meinecke, Georgia Eye Bank

The summit was held at the Loudermilk Center in Downtown Atlanta and was generously supported by the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Drive for Sight Program.

To see photos of the event, visit Prevent Blindness Georgia’s Facebook page at

The Georgia Vision Collaborative was formed in 2006 with a mission to promote eye health for all Georgians through education, early identification, access to care, and rehabilitation services. By strengthening relationships between vision agencies in Georgia, the collaborative works to identify and reduce gaps in vision services, educate the public and those at risk on vision health issues, and improve access to locations where vision services are offered.

Founding partners of the collaborative include Center for the Visually Impaired, Georgia Diabetes Prevention and Control Program, Georgia Drive for Sight Program, Georgia Eye Bank, Prevent Blindness Georgia and Vision Rehabilitation Services of Georgia.

To learn more about the Georgia Vision Collaborative, visit or call (404) 537-4985.