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Prevent Blindness Tennessee
Established in 1978, Prevent Blindness Tennessee is an affiliate of Prevent Blindness America, the nation's leading volunteer eye health organization. Its mission is to prevent blindness and preserve sight across the state of Tennessee through vision screenings, public and professional education, community services, programs, referrals, information and research. PBT provides free vision screenings for children and seniors to raise awareness of eye health, and connects at-risk populations with access to vision care. The grant requested in this application will be used to partially fund the staff directly involved in administering the program, travel expenses related to conducting offsite vision clinics in Davidson, Montgomery, Rutherford and Sumner counties, and the purchase of educational materials to increase awareness of the importance of eye health. Out of 1,500 adults screened, approx. 600 (40%) who have not received eye care or have not had an eye exam in two years or more will receive a referral to get an eye exam from an eye doctor. Out of 600 patients referred, approximately 360 (60%) individuals who otherwise would not have access to vision health care will receive an eye exam and/or follow-up care through PBT's program including treatment for glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, cataract and/or assistance with getting eyeglasses, which will improve the patient's access to eye care and enhance the patient's vision and quality of life.