Those in Southeastern Ohio who don’t have vision insurance can still take care of their eyes through a new program.
The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department is offering the, "Mobile Eyes Program" through Prevent Blindness Ohio. The program helps those 19 or older who don’t have vision insurance and fall at 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.
"I believe that it’s a big problem in this area mainly because we do have a lot of people that are working, but maybe can’t afford the vision insurance that their companies offer," said Denise Greer from the Health Department. "It kind of hits those low income people or middle income people that may not have the insurance to cover so they go without."
The program offers an eye exam and glasses to those who qualify. The program isn’t just for those in Muskingum County, but for all of Southeastern Ohio.
"I went up to Columbus to the Prevent Blindness Ohio meeting to get oriented with the program and they actually asked us to become a representative of the program because there is no one in Southeastern Ohio that has taken on that job, so they just asked us if we would be willing," explained Greer.
Five eye doctors are signed up to help the health department check eyes. To learn more about the program or to sign up contact the Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department at (740) 454-9741.