A Day of Service Impacts Toledo Residents

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                        For more information:
                                                                                                     Prevent Blindness Ohio
                                                                                     Stacie Lehman
                                                                                                                 Phone: 800-301-2020 ext. 105
                                                                                                            E-mail: staciel@pbohio.org
 
Toledo, OH (May 2, 2012) - On Saturday, March 24 a group of eye doctors graciously donated their time to help Prevent Blindness Ohio. Prevent Blindness Ohio (PBO) is an organization dedicated to prevent blindness and preserve sight through public information, research and early detection. PBO provides services including eye exams and glasses for those who can’t afford these.
 
Dr. Greg Rosenthal from Vision Associates coordinated along with Dr. Kristopher Kelly and the Vision Institute Alliance, a mass eye exam event to alleviate Prevent Blindness Ohio’s waiting list. Because of their help, the waiting list will be reduced from 8 months to 3 months!
 
Volunteers for the day included eight doctors, thirty Physician Assistant Students from UT and Op Tech Students from Mercy, and staff from Vision Associates and Toledo Optical. In total, between 50 and 60 people helped make this day happen. They provided service to 99 people on Saturday, which brought the waiting list down from 367 people to 137 people.This helped PBO bring the waiting list for eye exams to the lowest it has been since 2007.
 
Dr. Rosenthal said “I heard nothing but positive comments from the doctors that participated that morning.” Because of the success that day, Dr. Rosenthal said they will try to do another one of these events in the next 4 to 6 weeks before the end of the school year.
 
Additionally, PBO would like to thank the members of the Northwest Ohio Executive Council that volunteered that day to help register patients and take them to their exam rooms. Those members that volunteered their time that day were Sally Binard, Pedro Carrizales, Rebecca Anderson, Shelly McCoy Grissom, Lee Hakel, and Rhoda Miller. 
 
Overall, the day was a huge success and shows how each of us can have an impact on the Toledo community and our neighbors!
 
About Prevent Blindness Ohio
Prevent Blindness Ohio, founded in 1957, is Ohio’s leading volunteer nonprofit public health organization dedicated to prevent blindness and preserve sight. We serve all 88 Ohio counties, providing direct services to more than 800,000 Ohioans annually and educating millions of consumers about what they can do to protect and preserve their precious gift of sight. Prevent Blindness Ohio is an affiliate of Prevent Blindness America, the country’s second-oldest national voluntary health organization. For more information or to make a donation call 800-301-2020 or visit us on the web at pbohio.org.