Prescription Goggle Program
The Play Hard. Don't Blink. program
provides qualifying children a free pair of prescription sports goggles.
Does Your Child Already Wear Glasses?
Now you can protect them from getting injured
when they play sports by getting a free pair of
prescription sports goggles. Regular eyeglasses
and contacts will not protect a child's eyes from
injury and may even increase the damage caused
should an impact occur.
Parent Application Form
Doctor’s Office Goggle Order Form
Click here for program updates!
Did You Know?
Over 45,000 sports and recreation-related eye
injuries occur each year with more than half
suffered by children. These injuries may cause loss
of vision or complete loss of an eye.
The Good News
Ninety percent of these injuries can be prevented
if your child wears the proper eye protection. If
they are already used to wearing glasses every day
in school and at home, let's make sure they are
wearing the correct safety glasses on the field or
on the court.
How Play Hard. Don't Blink. Can Help
The Play Hard. Don't Blink. program (PHDB)
provides qualifying children a free pair of
prescription sports goggles. Designed for use by
players of ALL SPORTS – including but not limited to: racket sports, lacrosse, field hockey,
basketball, baseball, and soccer. This program is
unique to Ohio and is made possible through a
grant from the Ohio Department of Health's Save
Our Sight Program (SOS). The SOS program is
funded through voluntary ($1.00 or more) contributions by Ohio
citizens when they renew their vehicle registration
How Do I Qualify?
In order to qualify, you must meet the following requirements.
- You must reside in the state of Ohio.
- Children must be School-aged which usually means ages 4 through 18. The smallest eye/frame size we carry is 48/17.
- Children must currently have a refractive error or more
serious eye condition and wear or should be
wearing glasses or contact lenses.
- Child's family’s total gross household income must be at or below 300% of poverty (in 2015-16 for a family of four this would be $72,750/yearly or $6,063/monthly). Please include all monies coming into the household. If you are submitting for a Foster Child – you only need to enter the word “FOSTER”. If your combined gross income is too high and your child has a debilitating eye disease or injury and is being followed by an Ophthalmologist – please put that information on the application, as this will waive the income requirement. We will need a letter from your child’s Ophthalmologist to support the application.
How Do I Apply For A Free Pair Of Sports Goggles?
Simply complete our Parent Application Form. If you qualify, your application will be accepted upon completion and you will automatically be sent an acceptance email. Email addresses are mandatory. If you do not have one, use the email of a responsible family member or friend.
Once I Qualify How Do I Get The Sports Goggles?
Take your child and a copy of your child's prescription to a participating ophthalmologist's or optometrist's office near you. You will find a link that is a list of these offices on the Parent Application Form. These offices will complete an online order form for the sports goggles with your child's specific prescription for you. All completed orders will then be mailed to your home address within 6 weeks. Any questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.