Vision Care Outreach Program
The goal of the Vision Care Outreach Program is to reduce the incidence of unnecessary vision loss and impairment by providing access to a donated system of comprehensive vision care services for high-risk, medically indigent Ohioans–children, youth, families and homeless/uninsured adults.
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The Vision Care Outreach provides this targeted population with eye care services they desperately need, but are not able to access due to a lack of insurance or other vision benefits.
The number of Ohioans who lack vision coverage is greater than the number of Ohioans who are uninsured. Access to health care resources is becoming more difficult as the economy worsens and health costs continue to increase. Poverty and a lack of health care and vision care coverage often means that uninsured Ohioans seek help for emergency medical problems only and preventive health services --such as comprehensive eye exams-- are often overlooked.
To help Ohioans in need without the means to get an eye exam or glasses, Prevent Blindness Ohio partners with a statewide network of volunteer eye doctors, social service agencies, schools, and optical companies. Each year we help nearly 10,000 children and adults access donated eye care services. The retail value of donated products and services provided by the vision care community tops $2 million annually! PBO's role is to link donated eye care to Ohioans in need. For more information on the Vision Care Outreach Program by region review our available VCO fact sheets.