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Ohio Congressman Latta Joins Congressional Vision Caucus

Ohio Congressman Latta Joins Congressional Vision Caucus

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For more information:

Prevent Blindness, Ohio Affiliate

Dori Jennings (614) 270-0746

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Ohio Congressman Latta Joins Congressional Vision Caucus

Columbus, OH (March 31, 2020) – The Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness is pleased to announce that 

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) has joined the Congressional Vision Caucus (CVC) in recognition of 

the very serious public health impact that vision problems in Ohio has on our economy, quality of 

life, job productivity and educational success.

The Congressional Vision Caucus (CVC) is a bipartisan coalition of United States Congressional 

Members dedicated to strengthening and stimulating a national dialogue and policy on vision-related 

problems and disabilities.

Congressman Latta will be joining the following Ohio Members of Congress already signed on as 

members of the CVC:  Michael Turner, Tim Ryan, Robert Gibbs, Steve Chabot, David Joyce, Bill 

Johnson, Troy Balderson and Marcy Kaptur. Senator Sherrod Brown is the second U.S. Senator to join 

the CVC since it became bicameral in 2007. Ohio Representative Steve Stivers serves as one of three 

co-chairs of the CVC.

Vision impairment is one of the most feared disabilities. More Ohioans than ever are facing the 

threat of blindness from age-related eye disease. The number of Ohio seniors affected by these 

diseases is expected to double over the next 25 years as the Baby Boomer generation ages, largely 

resulting from the eye diseases of diabetic retinopathy, cataract, glaucoma, and age-related 

macular degeneration (AMD). More than 2.5 million Ohioans will be affected. And, there are 500,000 

Ohio children with vision problems and half go undetected or treated. Annual costs of vision 

problems in Ohio is $5.4 BILLION!

“Thanks to the Members of the Congressional Vision Caucus for helping us bring attention to our 

work in providing free access to eye care for the poor, teaching teachers and health care providers 

to vision screen to find problems early, advocating for policies that save sight and costs to 

society, and funding research projects, said Sherry Williams, President & CEO of Prevent Blindness, 

Ohio Affiliate.

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About Prevent Blindness, Ohio Affiliate

Founded in 1908, Prevent Blindness is the nation\’s leading volunteer eye health and safety 

organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight. The Ohio Affiliate of Prevent 

Blindness serves all 88 Ohio counties, providing direct services to more than 1,400,000 Ohioans 

annually and educating millions of consumers about what they can do to protect and preserve their 

precious gift of sight. For more information or to make a contribution, call 800-301-2020.

Visit us on the web at pbohio.org, Facebook at facebook.com/pbohio/, or Twitter at twitter.com/PB_Ohio.

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