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Free vision screenings at Atlanta World Sight Day event

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More than 2,000 metro Atlanta residents are expected to get free vision screenings and free eyeglasses at a five-day event that runs through Sunday.

The event is part of World Sight Day. Several local companies and doctors are serving patients who do not have vision coverage. Patients board one of the VSP Vision Care mobile eye care clinics for a free vision screening. In a matter of minutes, they walk away with a free pair of prescription glasses.

"And they're name brand," said Deborah Muhammad of Atlanta. "I'm not into name brands, but I needed the glasses."

"With today's economy the way it is, you need all the help you can get," said Charles Nolan, a Navy veteran.

Gold Medal Olympian Misty May-Treanor attended Thursday's event to share how access to vision care has made an impact on her life and helped set her sights on achieving her career goals.

"I didn't realize why I kept getting migraines," May-Treanor said. "I kept getting migraines because my eyes would get fatigued. I have astigmatism."

She is encouraging people who are in need of vision care to participate.

"If you need your eyes checked and you don't have the means, come out," she said.

The event is located at Atlanta Metropolitan State College, 1630 Metropolitan Pkwy. SW; Atlanta, GA, 30310.

Free eye care will be available at the following times:

  • Thursday, Oct. 10, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 11, 8, a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 12, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 13, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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