Effective July 1, 2019 all sales of prescriptive eyeglasses and contact lenses in Ohio will be exempt from sales tax!
Thanks to the efforts of Ohio Optometric Association members, Ohioans can now purchase the corrective lenses necessary for their daily lives without the burden of sales tax. This long fought for repeal will save Ohioans an estimated $29 million annually and will provide significant cost savings to families throughout the state.
According to the Ohio revised tax code, on and after July 1, 2019 all sales of corrective eyeglasses and contact lenses which require a prescription by an optometrist or ophthalmologist will be exempt. This exemption for the sale of eyeglasses includes both lenses and the corresponding frames.
The sales tax exemption does NOT extend to the purchase of nonprescription “readers” that can be purchased at drug stores, nor does it apply to over the counter magnifying glasses and low vision aides. Sunglasses also remain taxable unless comprised of prescriptive corrective lenses. Complete guidelines from the Ohio Department of Taxation are available here.
Public Resources Overview
What is an Optometrist?
An optometrist, or Doctor of Optometry (OD), is the primary health care professional for the eye. Through comprehensive eye exams, optometrists examine, diagnose, treat, and manage diseases, injuries, and disorders of the visual system, the eye, and associated structures as well as identify related systemic conditions affecting the eye. Optometrists prescribe and fit eyeglasses and contact lenses to correct vision disorders.
An optometrist has completed undergraduate education in a college or university and four years of professional education at a college of optometry, leading to the doctor of optometry (OD) degree. Some optometrists complete an optional residency in a specific area of practice. Optometrists are eye health care professionals state-licensed to diagnose and treat diseases and disorders of the eye and visual system.
Think About Your Eyes is a public awareness campaign focused on the importance of vision. The website includes resources for patients and a doctor locator tool.
The Ohio Optometric Foundation is committed to improving the vision and eye health of children and other Ohioans in visual need by providing access to necessary eye care. A not-for-profit Ohio charitable corporation chartered in the state of Ohio, its purpose is to accept and administer charitable donations to improve the visual health and welfare of Ohio's citizens.
The American Optometric Association offers extensive information relating to the eyes and vision health.
Optometry Cares—American Optometric Foundation Charitable Resources
The AOA Foundation is committed to its mission – expanding eye health and vision care access to everyone in the U.S. in order to enhance human performance and quality of life.
Comprehensive infant eye exams between 6 and 12 months of age as a no-cost public service.
The Ohio Amblyope Registry provides free eye patches for the treatment of amblyopia, free literature about amblyopia and causes, as well as other important services to help families of children with amblyopia. All services provided by the registry are free of charge and restricted to Ohio residents.
Vision Simulator Cards "simulate" what it may look like to have common vision disorders and diseases.