Kids, teens can get free eye exams, glasses at Gwinnett libraries

Aiden Crow, 7, is shown during a free eye exam in a mobile clinic at the Gwinnett County library in Snellville on Friday, Aug. 2, 2019. The free exams have no income requirement and provide glasses to children who need them. CASEY SYKES FOR THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION
Aiden Crow, 7, is shown during a free eye exam in a mobile clinic at the Gwinnett County library in Snellville on Friday, Aug. 2, 2019. The free exams have no income requirement and provide glasses to children who need them. CASEY SYKES FOR THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION

Kids and teenagers will be able to receive free eye exams and glasses this summer through a partnership between the Gwinnett County Library and non-profit group Vision to Learn.

Five library branches across the county will host the screenings in July and August. The library is in a phased reopening after closing branches due to the coronavirus pandemic; branches are expected to open to visitors on June 22.


All "school-age" children — aged 4 to 18 — are eligible for the program, which will be held at six different locations across the county. Registration is required before an eye exam can be given. You can register at gwinnettpl.org; if you have questions, you can call 770-978-5154.

All eye exam events will last from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Here’s when and where kids can get their free exams and glasses:

July 6-8: Lawrenceville branch, 1001 Lawrenceville Hwy, Lawrenceville

July 8-10: Buford branch, 2100 Buford Hwy, Buford

July 20-22: Norcross branch, 6025 Buford Hwy, Norcoss

July 23-24: Lilburn branch, 4817 Church Street, Lilburn

Aug. 3-4: Centerville Branch, 3025 Bethany Church Road, Snellville

Vision to Learn is a non-profit group that provides free eye exams and glasses to children in low-income communities across the nation. It estimates that more than 60,000 students in metro Atlanta need glasses but do not have them. It started working with Atlanta Public Schools in the 2017-2018 school year and is expanding its footprint in the area.

Voters had rejected a referendum last year.