The Ohio Amblyope Registry (OAR) is a grant funded program. The OAR is part of the Save Our Sight fund (SOS) with the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). The SOS is funded with donations from the dollar check off box on your license place renewal form.
For information about the SOS fund please call 800-755-GROW(4769) or visit the SOS website at www.odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-programs/save-our-sight/welcome-to.
The Ohio Amblyope Registry (OAR) is the first and only statewide registry for children and families with amblyopia. The OAR is a partnership among Ohio’s Ophthalmologists, Optometrists and the leading Children’s Hospitals across the state of Ohio. We provide free treatment supplies (eye patches), educational information and support to any child (under the age of 18) and their family in the state of Ohio diagnosed with amblyopia.
Amblyopia (am-blē-ˈō-pē-ə) sometimes referred to as "lazy eye" is the loss of one eye's ability to see details. It is one of the most common causes of vision problems in children. Amblyopia occurs when the nerve pathway from one eye to the brain does not develop during childhood. When this is present, the amblyopic eye sends a blurred image or the wrong image to the brain. This confuses the brain, and the brain may learn to ignore the image from the weaker eye. Amblyopia is a treatable condition. The most common treatment of amblyopia is patching the strong eye. Patching forces the brain to recognize the image from the amblyopic eye and correct itself.
For information about the OAR program please call 877-808-2422 or visit the OAR website at www.ohioamblyoperegistry.com.