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Founded in 1957, PREVENT BLINDNESS OHIO is the only statewide, voluntary vision health and safety organization dedicated solely to the prevention of blindness and the preservation of sight. We provide direct services to over 300,000 Ohioans annually and arm millions of consumers with information to preserve their precious gift of sight.
PREVENT BLINDNESS OHIO advocates sight conservation by promoting regular, professional eye exams and seeking the cure for blinding eye diseases. Our work is carried out through: Public Information Advocacy and Safety: PBO supports public policies that advocate good eye health and safety for all Ohioans: fireworks safety, vision and safe driving, and access to eye health care. Education: Workplace wellness programming and preschool/elementary classroom curricula provide the facts about how to make informed decisions about eye healthcare and eye safety. Information and Referral: We offer a comprehensive selection of print and audio-visual materials dealing with all aspects of eye health and safety for use at home, work, school and leisure. Research Prevent Blindness Ohio funds research by contributing to the funding of The Prevent Blindness America Investigator Awards which provide support for clinically-based research investigating public health issues related to the burden of illness of eye-related health and safety topics. All research grants promote the core mission of Prevent Blindness America - preserving sight and preventing blindness. The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) provide the scientific review of the grant applications. Early Detection Prompt professional treatment is essential in halting eye diseases like "lazy eye" and glaucoma. Vision screening and training programs enable hundreds of volunteers to detect potentially blinding eye problems early on when their treatment is most successful. Vision Care Outreach programs provide comprehensive eye care (eye exam, glasses and aftercare) for medically indigent children and adults. PREVENT BLINDNESS OHIO (PBO) is affiliated with Prevent Blindness America, the nation's second oldest voluntary health organization.
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