Prevent Blindness Ohio, founded in 1957, is Ohio’s leading volunteer nonprofit public health organization dedicated to preventing blindness and preserving sight. This organization serves all 88 Ohio counties, providing access to vision care services to nearly 9,000 eligible Ohioans annually and educating millions of consumers about what they can do to protect and preserve their precious gift of sight.
Prevent Blindness Ohio’s Vision Care Outreach programs provide access to comprehensive donated eye care (eye exam, glasses and resources to aftercare) for underserved children and adults.
For Children: (Ohio Affiliate for Prevent Blindness and Vision Service Plan [VSP] Sight for Students)
Sight for Students has provided free eye exams and glasses to more than 2 million low-income/uninsured children at a cost of nearly $400 million. VSP’s goal is to help 50,000 children a year, a number it has exceeded for several years.
- Children who belong to families who are without insurance benefits or who are not eligible for government assistance
- Families must meet the 200% current Federal Poverty Guidelines
- Children who do not have access to vision care benefits through any type of Medicaid (or private insurance)
For Adults: Vision Outreach Care (VCO)
The VCO program is designed to provide comprehensive vision care to uninsured individuals in Ohio. The services offered include:
Adults Who Qualify:
- Client must meet the 200% Federal Poverty Guidelines
- Client is linked with the Belmont County Health Department through appointment
- Individual is enrolled in Medicaid or Medicare or any other vision insurance that carries a vision component. (In some instances Medicare will pay for the eye exam but not the glasses; the VCO program can provide a voucher for a pair of free glasses.)