Specialty Vision Services
The Wayne County Health Department, partnering with the Prevent Blindness Ohio program and Ohio Department of Health, offers the Vision Services Plan (VSP) which assists Wayne county children in receiving a professional eye exam and glasses at no cost.
- Family income is no more than 200 percent of federal poverty level.
- Child has not used the program during the past twelve months.
- Eye examinations are available at participating VSP network optometrists or ophthalmologists.
- Glasses are prescribed, including polycarbonate lenses with tints and scratch resistant coating.
- Medically necessary contact lenses are available.
- Vision therapy and low vision treatment is available.
- For families who cannot obtain insurance at work and who are not eligible for publicly funded health coverage.
- For children not eligible for Medicaid or other vision insurance.
- For children 18 years old or younger (or not graduated from high school).
- For children who are a U.S. citizen or resident alien.
The application process takes approximately two weeks and then families will receive a voucher to take to a VSP provider. VSP will only be approved once in a twelve month period per child.
Contact the Wayne County Health Department at (330) 264-9590 to speak with a Public Health Nurse for current income guidelines and initiation of the application process.
Free Prescription Goggle Program
The Play Hard. Don't Blink. program is a program started to provide a free pair of prescription goggles to children in Ohio. The program is sponsored by the Ohio Ophthalmological Society Offices, and the health department is assisting to expand the reach of the program to Wayne County children. It is being funded by a grant from the Ohio Department of Health's Save Our Sight (SOS) Fund. The SOS Fund is made up solely from voluntary contributions from Ohio's citizens when they renew their vehicle license every year.
- Family has an income of 300 percent of federal poverty level or less.
- The family needs to complete the registration form, and mail it to receive a voucher. The application can also be completed online at www.playhardgear.com.
- Along with the voucher, the family will receive instructions about what information is needed to order the goggles.
- The goggles can be ordered through a participating eye doctor or directly from the Ohio Ophthalmological Society.
- The goggles are shipped directly to the family's home.
- The majority of goggles are provided for children that have a refractive error; goggles can also be accessed for children that have good vision and need a pair with non-prescription lenses.