Four UGA football players recently conducted free vision screenings at Rock Springs Day Care in Athens for more than 30 children ages 1-3 – with five receiving scheduled follow-up eye exams.
In partnership with the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation and the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, players Maurice Smith, Kenneth Towns, Aaron Davis and Tyler Catalina volunteered as part of a community service challenge leading up to the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.
Vision screenings serve as a noninvasive and highly efficient method of detecting serious underlying eye conditions in young children. Screenings are done with sophisticated, easy-to-use digital devices and take 30 to 45 seconds per child with an 85 to 90 percent effectiveness rating.
The screenings indicate if the preschoolers are in need of a referral to an eye doctor.