Like so many other worthy initiatives, vision care voucher programs have been negatively impacted by Covid-19. Many of these voucher programs, which have historically helped uninsured clients throughout the state access eye exams and glasses, have been halted altogether. This has created a barrier for many vulnerable Wisconsinites and left them without access to the vision care they need to work and learn.
Prevent Blindness Wisconsin continues to find ways to help our clients during these uncertain times. We keep our clients up to date on the status of different programs by offering resources to clients who call for information on how to receive care (low cost glasses, online glasses options, County Eye Care Provider Guides, etc.). Also, in an on-going effort to serve our clients despite Covid-19 restrictions, we have transitioned to virtual trainings in order to support our partners. While we continue to try innovative ways to proceed, we need your help to help others:
Parents of a school-aged student applied for our voucher program to help their son receive a much-needed eye exam. Because he’s not enrolled in any vision insurance, options for vision care are limited and would require his parents pay out of pocket. Due to our voucher program being on hold, the family is unable to get their child the vision care he needs, potentially putting him behind when he returns to school.
Virginia, who suffers from diabetes, has used our vision care voucher program over the past few years. Because of her preexisting diabetic condition, she is at greater risk for vision loss and her doctor recommends she receive a new prescription every six months. Because Virginia cannot afford to go to the eye doctor, she has relied on vision care voucher programs through our office to maintain a yearly eye doctor appointment. Unfortunately, due to the impact of Covid-19 and the suspension of our program, she is not able to get the vision care she needs to save her from possible vision loss. “I do not have the money to go to the eye doctor. I really appreciate the help.” – Virginia
These are only two of many similar stories of people who rely on vision care voucher programs to access an eye exam and glasses.
Please donate to help us continue our sight saving work throughout Wisconsin. A $50 donation can help purchase an eye exam for an uninsured child or adult.
Prevent Blindness Wisconsin’s New Look!
Prevent Blindness Wisconsin is excited to unveil our new logo! As part of Prevent Blindness’ re-branding, the logo was designed to reflect the organization’s long history as well as its current sight-saving efforts and programs. The new look is designed to invoke the innovative, trusted and professional reputation of Prevent Blindness as it looks to the future.
In addition, we invite you to explore our redesigned website at wisconsin.preventblindness.org that feature easy-to-navigate pages and built-in accessibility feature that help you explore our programs, resources, volunteer opportunities and more!
Swing for Sight Golf Outing
Reserve your foursome for the 25th Annual Swing for Sight on our NEW DATE, Monday, August 31, 2020! Only 11 foursomes remain. Confirm yours today by contacting Bridget at [email protected] or on the event website.
Showcase your support of healthy vision by joining our partners in sponsoring a tee and/or green at the 25th Annual Swing for Sight Golf Outing. Tee sponsorships start at $300. Additional opportunities are available and we are happy to work with you to create a sponsorship that works best for your company. For more information, please visit our event website or contact Rebecca at [email protected] to confirm your sponsorship.
Our Mission: Founded in 1958, Prevent Blindness Wisconsin improves the lives of children, adults and families through early detection of eye conditions to prevent blindness and preserve sight. On-going vision screening activities and state-wide public health education lead to a lifetime of healthy vision.
Our Vision: Our vision is for each Wisconsin resident to have healthy vision at every stage of life.