Dayton foundation gives grant for vision loss prevention

A local vision loss prevention program got a boost when a Dayton foundation donated $12,000 toward the cause.

The Miami Valley Ohio Chapter of Prevent Blindness received the grant from The Virginia W. Kettering Foundation for its EyeWatch Program in Montgomery and Miami counties.

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The goal of the EyeWatch Program is to decrease the incidence of preventable vision loss among Ohio’s high-risk adult populations through promotion of healthy lifestyles, early detection and treatment.

“The Virginia W. Kettering Foundation is a long-time valued partner of Prevent Blindness and we are honored to work together again to improve the visual quality of life for seniors in the Miami Valley,” stated Sherry Williams, president and CEO of the Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness. “EyeWatch is essential as it addresses multiple health needs.”

With the aging population growing and increasing incidence of diabetes, the prevalence of eye disease and vision loss is a significant public health and personal concern, Prevent Blindness stated.

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Prevent Blindness will continue to partner with Montgomery and Miami County senior centers, social service organizations and health care facilities with training to prepare them to deliver eye health education presentations and vision screenings to area residents.

Disadvantaged area residents failing the vision assessment will be connected with Prevent Blindness’ voluntary system of comprehensive vision services to receive further eye care and eyewear at no cost.

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