Most of us can’t imagine navigating the world without our sight – but thousands of people in our region are at risk of vision loss, and many struggle to access the screenings, treatment, and support they need. For more than 80 years, POB has been improving and preserving sight for individuals of all ages in Greater Washington. Each year, it provides vision screening for thousands of preschoolers and hundreds of school-age children. A pediatric mobile clinic brings these services to under-resourced communities, and POB follows up with referrals, exams, and prescription glasses as needed. Adults receive free glaucoma screening (offered at convenient locations across the region), low- to no-cost eyeglasses, and personalized low-vision rehabilitation services. Support groups and resources help patients address the emotional costs of vision impairment, like depression and isolation. Your generosity improves vision … and quality of life.
While POB headquarters and the Eyeglasses Clinic are closed, and some programs (in-person children’s vision and vision screening for glaucoma and visual acuity) have been paused, the Low Vision Learning Center hotline remains open as does the low vision rehabilitation program, which is currently seeing patients in person. Low vision resource and support groups are still available – online.