In 2015, the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. became a partner agency for Prevent Blindness America. Seniors in need of eye exams or eye glasses that would not otherwise be able to afford them can now apply for these services at the Wood County Committee on Agency, Inc., 305 N. Main Street, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402.
Prevent Blindness America was started in 1908 with a single vision of preserving sight and preventing blindness. They are the nation’s leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight. Prevent Blindness America touches the lives of millions of people each year through public and professional education, advocacy, and certified vision screening training, community and patient service programs and research.
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In adults, the most common eye diseases are cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration. Vision disorders and impairment are major public health problems. It is estimated that by 2030, the number of blind and visually impaired people will double if nothing is done to curb this growth through prevention, early detection and treatment.
To determine if you are eligible for a free eye exam and eyeglasses, contact the Social Service Department at the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. at (419) 353-5661 or (800) 367-4935. Staff will assist you in completing an application and submitting it to Prevent Blindness America to determine eligibility for services.