Funded by the Georgia Legislature in 2000, House Bill 812 ( O.C.G.A. § 31-123) lead to the creation of the Georgia "Drive for Sight" Program. The Georgia "Drive For Sight" Program was developed to provide preventive vision screening, blindness prevention education and vision treatment for Georgia residents who may not have adequate vision coverage under a health benefit plan and meet annual income eligibility requirements.
In an effort to reduce the burden of eye diseases, the Georgia "Drive For Sight" Program strives to address Healthy People 2020 National Objectives-Vision Health and state priorities by providing support for free vision services to adults (meeting annual income eligibity requirements) and children (Pre-K). Free vision screenings are provided to pre-kindergarten children throughout the state.
The Georgia "Drive For Sight" Program is based on the availability of funds generated from voluntary donations. Georgia drivers may choose to donate one dollar at the time of their initial or renewal application for motor vehicle drivers’ licenses at any Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS), Customer Service Center locations.
Beverly J. Brown
Vision Program Consultant