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Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington

1775 Church Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-234-1010
Fax: 202-234-1020
Web Site:


Michele Hartlove
Executive Director


  • Mission:

    Founded in 1936, the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan WashingtonŽ (POB), the largest local prevention of blindness agency in the United States, is dedicated to the improvement and preservation of sight by providing services, education, advocacy, and innovation. POB screens more than 8,000 children annually for vision loss and strabismus and 6,600 adults for glaucoma. POB also serves nearly 8,000 low-income and homeless persons at its eyeglasses clinic. POB sponsors the Aging Eye Network, the Macular Degeneration Network, and the Stargardt's Network.

  • Programs/Activities:

    Sponsors vision screenings, eye health information, safety education programs, and the Aging Eye and Macular Degeneration Networks as well as provides eye care to the poor and homeless.

  • Publications:

    Your Eyes Today: Monthly large-print newsletter

    Insight: Annual newsletter

Date Last Updated
January 2012

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