Prevent Blindness Ohio becomes aware of a client’s need for eye care through a statewide network of “partner” agencies–homeless shelters, rehabilitation centers, schools, and other social service organizations. When Prevent Blindness Ohio receives notification of a client’s need via our “partner agency”, PBO provides case management for the client and arranges for a donated eye exam from an eye doctor partner. Prevent Blindness Ohio alerts the partner agency and the partner agency assists the client in obtaining transportation to the eye exam and reminders to the client to keep their appointment. If you are already working with a social service agency ask if they are a "partner agency" with Prevent Blindness Ohio or call us toll-free at 1-800-301-2020 and we will link you with a partner agency that is close to you
The Vision Care Outreach Program Program provides access to comprehensive eye care services for children and adults that meet the following minimum requirements:
For additional information about the Vision Care Outreach program contact Prevent Blindness Ohio at 1-800-301-2020.
Prevent Blindness Ohio has assembled a system of donated eye care for Ohio’s indigent that is one of the largest statewide “virtual free clinics” for indigent eye care in the United States. We work to ensure that all Ohioans have access to quality eye care through the Vision Care Outreach Program. Our program staff utilize a variety of donated and low cost eye care services, eyeglass providers, and surgical care providers to ensure that individuals qualifying for the Vision Care Outreach Program receive care in a location that is as close to home as possible.
Partner agencies benefit from the Vision Care Outreach Program by being able to offer a valuable eye care service to their clients. Partner agencies are typically social service organizations and schools–homeless shelters, soup kitchens, detention centers, drug/alcohol rehabilitation services–that serve clients with multiple challenges in their lives. Often the receipt of eye care can be the key that unlocks potential to secure employment or accelerate learning in school. Prevent Blindness Ohio staff works with staff from the partner agency to provide them a program user's manual, necessary forms, and technical assistance in the client screening and referral process. There is no fee for a social service agency to participate in the program, however there are some responsibilities that are reqested of participating organizations. Call us today at 1-800-301-2020 or email us at [email protected] to get started. Partner Agency Responsibilities:
The Vision Care Outreach is able to serve thousands of Ohioans each year through the generosity of our friends in optometry, ophthalmology and in the vision industry. Voluntary donations of eye exams, newly fabricated eyeglasses, frames, and surgical care would allow the program to expand its mission to save sight and prevent blindness in needy Ohioans. If you are interested in providing a donation to support the Vision Care Outreach Program contact us at 1-800-301-2020 or email us at [email protected] to learn more about the program and how your support can help to save sight.