What is the goal of the Save Our Sight Program?
The goal of the Save Our Sight Program is to ensure children in Ohio have good vision and healthy eyes. The Save Our Sight Program accomplishes this through the early identification of children with vision problems and the promotion of good eye health and safety.
When did the Save Our Sight Program begin?
The Save Our Sight Program began on April 1, 1999.
How is the Save Our Sight Program funded?
Funds for the Save Our Sight Program are generated by donations. Motor vehicle owners in Ohio are asked to donate $1 to the Save Our Sight Fund when they register their vehicle and/or renew their license plates.
What can the Save Our Sight funds be used for?
Programs, funded yearly, will:
- Provide protective eyewear for youth sports
- Provide information and case management services to children diagnosed with amblyopia (lazy eye) and their families through the Ohio Amblyope Registry
- Provide training, certification and equipment for vision screeners
- Develop and provide eye health and safety programs for our school-aged children
Where does my money go?
Save Our Sight dollars are first collected by the motor vehicle deputy registrars, by the Web or mail. Funds are transferred to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). ODH then awards the funds on a yearly basis to 501 (c) organizations that provide vision services to all counties in Ohio.
Is my donation tax deductible?
Consult your tax advisor or visit http://www.irs.gov
What is a 501 (c) organization?
A 501 (c) organization is exempt from federal income taxation; a non-profit organization.
How much of the money collected is spent on the program?
Nearly ninety cents of every dollar collected is spent on funded programs.
Does the Save Our Sight Program address the needs of the visually impaired?
No. The Save Our Sight effort concentrates on the prevention and early detection of eye problems in children. For children who are visually impaired, there are services available through other agencies such as the Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired, Rehabilitation Services Commission(1-800-282-4536, ext. 1255 — in Ohio only) and the Ohio State School for the Blind (1-800-310-3317).
My child needs an eye exam and glasses, and I can’t afford them. Can the Save Our Sight Program help?
The Save Our Sight Program does not provide eye exams or eye glasses for correction or visual acuity problems. There are other programs which address this need. Good places to check are the following: