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This summer, the Clayton County Library System and Vision to Learn are offering free vision screenings, eye exams, and glasses (if needed) for your child. You must sign up in advance. Links to sign-up sheets below.

When children have problems reading, or can’t see the board in front of the classroom, their grades suffer—and so do they.

This summer, the Clayton County Library System and Vision to Learn are offering free vision screenings, eye exams, and glasses (if needed) for your child.

Services are first-come, first-serve. You must sign up in advance. You will get a confirmation e-mail if your child is selected for an exam. No walk-ins will be taken.

Sign up for one of the screening dates below (we’ve included the sign-up form for your convenience):

Headquarters Library
865 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro

June 10, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
July 29, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Forest Park Library
4812 West Street, Forest Park

June 13, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
July 15, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Northwest Library
6131 Riverdale Road, Riverdale

June 14, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
July 26, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Riverdale Library
420 Valley Hill Road, Riverdale

June 17, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
July 18, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Morrow Library
6225 Maddox Road, Morrow

July 12, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
July 22, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Lovejoy Library
1721 McDonough Road, Hampton

July 13, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
July 28, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

On that date, bring your child to the library. They’ll be screened on site.

Please keep in mind that masks are required at the medical vision clinic.

If the screening turns up any problems, a trained and licensed optometrist will give your child a basic eye exam.

If your child needs glasses, the optometrist will give you a prescription and let you know whether your child needs follow-up vision care. Then your child will be able to pick out the frames they like and their order will be placed.

It will take about four to six weeks for your child’s glasses to be custom-made. When they’re ready, Vision to Learn will deliver your child’s glasses to the library. Finally, library staff will let you know when to pick up your child’s glasses.

During the course of these events, your child will be screened. If your child fails the screening, a trained and licensed Optometrist will then perform a basic eye exam on your child and will prescribe glasses if appropriate.

You will be informed if your child may need follow-up care. Following the eye exam, if your child needs glasses he/she will have the opportunity to pick from a variety of frames, and glasses will be ordered for your child. Approximately 4-6 weeks later, Vision To Learn will return to the library to deliver your child’s glasses. You will be notified by library staff once the glasses are ready for pickup. 

Robin Kemp

Robin Kemp is executive editor and CEO of The Clayton Crescent, which she founded in 2020. She has worked for Gambit, CNN, The Weather Channel, Clayton News, Henry Herald, and numerous freelance outlets....

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