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Frequently Asked Questions

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:

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 adviser or visit

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, including:


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Last Reviewed:11/02/2016