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


COLUMBUS, OH (July 1, 2013) –Prevent Blindness Ohio held a vision screening training on June 25 at the Columbus Health Department. Volunteers were trained and certified to conduct adult vision screenings that help detect early vision problems. Screenings are an effective way to refer individuals that need professional care to an eye doctor for a comprehensive eye exam.


Honorary Board Member of Prevent Blindness Ohio and Former Ohio First Lady, Hope Taft was among the volunteers that were trained and certified as Prevent Blindness Ohio vision screeners. The training was sponsored by Essilor of America.


Prevent Blindness Ohio’s adult vision program provides volunteers with the proper tools to help screen for early detection of eye problems. Trainings offer instructions on how to conduct an adult vision risk assessment, perform near and distance visual acuity screening, detailed information on "aging eye" diseases and disorders, follow up care for referrals, and educational resources and access to vision screening charts.


“We are pleased to help educate Ohioans of all ages about the importance of protecting their precious gift of sight by adopting healthy habits in regard to eye care and eye safety,” said Sherry Williams, President and CEO of Prevent Blindness Ohio.


To find out more information about upcoming screening or find local listing of vision screening training, visit


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



      Former Ohio First Lady, Hope Taft tests her vision by performing

 an near and distance acuity screening.