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Prevent Blindness

211 West Wacker Drive, #Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 1-800-331-2020
Fax: 312-363-6052
Web Site:


Jeff Todd
Chief Operating Officer
1-800-331-2020, ext. 6026


  • Mission:

    Founded in 1908, Prevent Blindness, the Nation’s leading voluntary eye health and safety organization dedicated to preventing blindness and preserving sight, is first and foremost a public health organization. As such, Prevent Blindness focuses on improving the Nation’s vision and eye health by enhancing community capacity through their core competencies of education, advocacy, early detection, and research. Half of all blindness can be prevented, yet this can only occur through these essential interventions.

  • Membership/Affiliates:

    Prevent Blindness collaborates with its network of affiliate, divisions, regional offices, and program partners throughout the United States.

  • Programs/Activities:

    Prevent Blindness Educates

    Through our public awareness campaigns and health education initiatives, Prevent Blindness educates both the general public and specific populations about vision, eye health and safety with a goal of arming them to take control of their own vision and eye health.

    Prevent Blindness Advocates:

    At Prevent Blindness, our organizational history is deeply rooted in the culture of advocating for public policy that advances vision and eye health of all Americans. Since 1908, we have engaged advocates from across the country to support efforts to enhance eye health policy.

    Prevent Blindness Promotes Early Detection:

    Early detection of vision problems is a key to the prevention of vision loss and blindness. Prevent Blindness facilitates interventions such as vision screenings and risk assessments, which are an essential element of a strong public health approach to eye health care and serve as a complement to professional eye exams. We further assist individuals in accessing care and managing their vision and eye health problems.

    Prevent Blindness Supports Research:

    Prevent Blindness is committed to promoting laboratory, clinical and epidemiological vision and eye health research. We do this by sponsoring a variety of public health research initiatives, supporting external clinical research efforts through our Investigator awards, and advocating for increased funding of research through the National Eye Institute.

  • Meetings:

    The board of Prevent Blindness gathers three times throughout the year, with one annual meeting and two interim meetings.

  • Publications:

    Vision Problems in the U.S.: Prevalence of Adult Vision Impairment and Age-Related Eye Disease in America

    The Economic Impact of Vision Problems in the U.S.: The Toll of Major Adult Eye Disorders, Visual Impairment and Blindness on the U.S. Economy

    Our Vision for Children’s Vision: A National Call to Action for the Advancement of Children’s Vision and Eye Health

    The Vision Connection: Integrating Vision into State Health Programs

    Vision Preservation and the National Prevention Strategy: A Call to Action

    Prevent Blindness: Working to Advance Public Health, Vision and Eye Care in the U.S.

    UV and Our Nation’s Vision—Insights from a Congressional Briefing

    Prevent Blindness newsletter, Prevent Blindness News, is published three times per year. A more frequent online version, Prevent Blindness E-News, is distributed monthly.

    Prevent Blindness brochures are developed on a wide range of eye health and safety topics. Single copies are available free to the public, and quantities are also sold via a catalog and the website.

Date Last Updated
January 2014

Department of Health and Human Services NIH, the National Institutes of Health