High quality vision is helpful for living life to the fullest. Whether it impacts your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle, perform well in the classroom, or simply watch your child's sporting event, having access to affordable glasses and contact lenses can make all the difference in an individual's life. However, prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses can often times come at a great cost. At times, the financial barrier can sacrifice both our safety and quality of life.
This is why I am pleased to announce that the State of Ohio has recently eliminated the sales tax on prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses. This change, which went into effect on July 1, is a result of legislation that I supported and helped pass in 2017. It’s estimated that it will save Ohio taxpayers nearly $30 million annually.
Elimination of the sales tax on glasses and contacts will help make these medical devices less expensive and more accessible, thereby improving Ohioans’ vision.
The tax change also helps support Ohio small businesses that sell eyeglasses and contact lenses. Because most neighboring states and online retailers aren’t required to charge sales tax, our state’s retailers were at a disadvantage in the marketplace. Leveling the playing field for these businesses will allow them to be competitive and thrive.
I appreciate the partnership with Ohio's doctors of optometry at the Ohio Optometric Association to help pass this important piece of legislation, and I look forward to seeing its positive impact and implementation.