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We are proud to be a United Way Agency in Fairfield and Hocking County! Without United Way we could not help people like you!

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A big thank you goes out to the Fraternal Order of Police. Their grant dollars will support the Prevention Program by enabling the Agency to screen pre-schoolers and educate grade school children on the importance of eye health and eye safety!!

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Agency Director:
Brittany Meszaros
Director of Client Services:
Susan Thogmartin
Business Manager:
Sandy Plinke
Prevention Coordinator:
Nancy Dunfee

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macular_image.jpgOur Mission believes in your Vision!!        

Fostering independence in the blind and visually impaired and promoting prevention!

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The Independent Living Program provides low vision and adaptive aids to the blind and visually impaired. This training focuses on keeping an individual in thier home functioning independently. These services are provided in the client's home! Aids and training costs are covered by the ILOB Grant and funds from United Way in Fairfield County. Please call the Agency for more information.

PREVENTION PROGRAM Protecting our children’s eyesight is important for all of us. Visual problems are often unnoticed by even the most concerned parents. Early detection is vital to treating eye conditions. The Southeast Ohio Sight Center (SOSC), in conjunction with Prevent Blindness Ohio, will be checking your child’s vision in the very near future. This screening does not constitute a complete eye examination. It is only a check to determine whether your child is meeting minimum visual standards. If there is any doubt about you child’s vision, you will be notified so that you may follow up with your eye care professional. A report of the results of our screening will be sent home with your child at the end of the day.

If your child was referred by out coordinator please call us if you need assistance with the cost of an eye exam or eyeglasses! Vision Care Solutions is a program that can provide assistance!!

The ABC's of Eye problems in Children
The ABC’s of Possible Eye Trouble in Children
  1. Cross or misaligned eyes
  2. Blinks more that usual
  3. Blurred or double vision irritable when doing close-up
  4. Red-rimmed, encrusted, swollen eyelids work or fine manipulation
  5. Inflamed or watery eyes
  6. Is unable to see distant things
  7. Recurring styes (Infections) on eyelids clearly
  8. Squints eyelids together or frowns
  9. Pupils turn in or out
  10. Rubs eyes excessively
  11. Eyes itch, burn or feel scratchy
  12. Shuts or covers one eye
  13. Cannot see well
  14. Tilts head or thrusts head forward
  15. Dizziness, headaches or nausea
  16. Has difficulty with reading or other following close up work close up work: holds objects close to eyes
 Color Blindness Facts
If your clothes don't match, someone might have teased you about being color blind. But some people really are color blind. It doesn't mean they can't see any color at all, like a black and white movie. It means that they have trouble seeing the difference between certain colors.

Being color blind can make it tricky to match your shirt and pants, but it's not a serious problem. People who are color blind can do normal stuff, even drive. Most color-blind people can't tell the difference between red or green, but they can learn to respond to the way the traffic signal lights up — the red light is generally on top and green is on the bottom.

To understand what causes color blindness, you need to know about the cones in your eyes. Cones in your eyes? Yes, but they're very small. These cones are cells on your retina, an area the size of a postage stamp that's at the back of your eye. You have "red," "blue," and "green" cones, which are sensitive to those colors and combinations of them. You need all three types to see colors properly. When your cones don't work properly, or you don't have the right combination, your brain doesn't get the right message about which colors you're seeing. To someone who's color blind, a green leaf might look tan or gray.

Color blindness is almost always an inherited trait, which means you get it from your parents. You get inherited traits through genes, which determine everything about your body, including how tall you'll be and whether your hair will be straight or curly. Eye doctors (and some school nurses) test for color blindness by showing a picture made up of different colored dots, like the one above. Someone who can't see the picture or number within the dots may be color blind. Boys are far more likely to be color blind. In fact, if you know 12 boys, one of them is probably at least a little color blind. So, girls, the next time a boy asks you if something matches, you'd better lend him a hand!

The Sight Center is proud to be a United Way Agency. United Way provides funds so that we can continue serving Fairfield & Hocking County clients with the best possible care they deserve.

The SOSC provides care to Fairfield, Athens, Ross, Muskingum, Perry and Hocking counties in Southeast Ohio. We would love to have you as a donor! Donations make it possible for us to continue providing services to individuals suffering from a visual impairment and enable them to remain independent in their homes as it should be!

If you would like to be a donor or have any questions about becoming a donor please feel free to call us.

We also offer guidance on Estate Planning. If you or a family member would like to consider us in your Estate please contact Sandi at 687-4785.

 Outreach and Awareness

The Southeast Ohio Sight Center just started our Annual Holiday Mail Appeal. If you or a loved one would like to donate to the Agency before the end of the year please call the Agency. Your donation can be program specific or go into our new Endowment Fund.


Macular Degeneration
Macular degeneration, or age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss in Americans 60 and older. It is a disease that destroys your sharp, central vision. You need central vision to see objects clearly and to do tasks such as reading and driving.

AMD affects the macula, the part of the eye that allows you to see fine detail. It does not hurt, but it causes cells in the macula to die. In some cases, AMD advances so slowly that people notice little change in their vision. In others, the disease progresses faster and may lead to a loss of vision in both eyes. Regular comprehensive eye exams can detect macular degeneration before the disease causes vision loss. Treatment can slow vision loss. It does not restore vision.

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