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Prevent Blindness Ohio
Stacie Lehman
Phone: 800-301-2020 ext. 119


Columbus, OH (June 10, 2013)– Prevent Blindness Ohio representatives, Rick Bunner (Zanesville), Laura Schwartz (Worthington), Dr. Rafat Ansari (Cleveland) and President & CEO, Sherry Williams (Columbus), will serve as the organization’s delegates to the 8th annual “Eyes on Capitol Hill” campaign in Washington, D.C. on June 19th. They will join Prevent Blindness America delegates from across the country to meet with Congressional leaders and their staffs to discuss vision care issues. 


The Eyes on Capitol Hill meetings have been scheduled to specifically ask elected officials to:


  • Provide $508,000 in FY 2014 to maintain vision and eye health efforts of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Support the Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s (MCHB) National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health (the Center) in developing a public health infrastructure to promote and ensure a continuum of vision and eye health care for children.
  • Provide $730 million in FY2014 funding for the National Eye Institute at the National Institutes of Health.
  • Join the Congressional Vision Caucus (CVC) which is a bipartisan coalition dedicated to strengthening policy on vision-related problems and disabilities. Representatives Pat Tiberi, Michael Turner, Tim Ryan, Robert Gibbs, Steve Stivers, Steve Chabot, Marcy Kaptur and Senator Sherrod Brown currently serve on the CVC.

 “We appreciate the time that our leaders in Washington give to learn more about how to prevent vision loss through the stories of our delegates who have been affected by dealing with it themselves or supporting a family member with vision challenges. Nothing makes more of an impact than being able to hear the stories of those whose lives are directly impacted by vision issues,” said Sherry Williams, President & CEO of Prevent Blindness Ohio.  “We hope that by allowing our government representatives the opportunity to meet with their constituents that they will realize how their decisions on funding and implementing eye health programs impact our citizens.”


About Prevent Blindness Ohio

Prevent Blindness Ohio, founded in 1957, is Ohio’s leading volunteer nonprofit public health organization dedicated to prevent blindness and preserve sight. We serve all 88 Ohio counties, providing direct services to more than 800,000 Ohioans annually and educating millions of consumers about what they can do to protect and preserve their precious gift of sight. Prevent Blindness Ohio is an affiliate of Prevent Blindness America, the country’s second-oldest national voluntary health organization. For more information or to make a donation call 800-301-2020 or visit us on the web at