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Protective Eyewear


The Ohio Ophthalmological Society's "Play Hard. Don't Blink." sports eye safety program, works with Ohio youth leagues and individuals in Ohio to promote the use of protective eyewear to reduce the number of sports eye injuries in Ohio's young players. From baseball and softball helmets with face masks to sports goggles, including prescription sports goggles, you can get the eye injury protection you need to prevent youth sports eye injuries at no cost! 

The Ohio Ophthalmological Society is piloting an eye safety and injury prevention education program for students engaged in vocational training activities.  The program will work directly with students enrolled in high school vocational programs and youth learning industrial skills in community-based settings to promote the importance of vocational eye protection.


Vision Health and Safety Education Program

The Realeyes Classroom Initiative, developed by the Ohio Optometric Association and funded by the Save Our Sight Fund, educates Ohio students on the importance of vision care and eye safety. Using an age-appropriate, interactive, standardized and fun program, a local optometrist teaches children about eye health and anatomy. The Realeyes program is provided at no cost to schools, libraries and community groups. The Ohio Optometric Association facilitates scheduling. Sammy Safe-Eyes is for Pre-K through Kindergarten; The Adventures of Rhet & Tina is for 1st through 2nd grades; The Case of Vinny Vision is for 3rd through 5th grades; and What’s Your EYE-Q? is for 6th through 8th grades. High School curriculum will be implemented 8/1/17.


Vision Screener Trainer Program
  Prevent Blindness Ohio (PBO) provides preschool vision screening training, certification and vision screening kits for child care providers, nurses, teachers and health care professionals practicing in primary care settings and community volunteers to ensure that preschool children in Ohio have healthy vision for life.  PBO also collaborates with the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics to present a medical education program to pediatric and family practice medical residency programs and nursing programs in Ohio to increase their knowledge about eye health and the importance of vision assessment in young children. To register for a training visit:!trainings/talxx

The Ohio Amblyope (Lazy Eye) Registry

The Ohio Amblyope Registry is the first and only registry in the United States for children with amblyopia (commonly known as lazy eye), their parents and eye doctors.  The Ohio Amblyope Registry is a partnership among departments of Ophthalmology divisions at leading children’s hospitals throughout Ohio, including Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Dayton Children’s Hospital, Akron Children’s Hospital, Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland and the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital as well as ophthalmologists and optometrists throughout the state. 

The Ohio Amblyope Registry provides literature about amblyopia and its causes and treatments, treatment supplies and case management services. 

Last Reviewed: 11/02/2016