Founded in 1936, the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington (POB) is dedicated to the improvement and preservation of sight and quality of life by providing services and education, and by championing healthy vision and innovation to everyone in our area.
Learn about the eye’s anatomy and common eye diseases — including causes, symptoms, and options for prevention and treatment.
Each year, POB impacts more than 13,000 community members through our evidence-based programs for children and adults with low vision. These programs include vision acuity and glaucoma screenings, eyeglasses distributions and fittings, educational events on vision health, low vision rehabilitation, resource assistance, support groups, and more.
POB has a suite of community resources for all ages and levels of vision.
Our Low Vision Resource Guide offers everything you need to navigate your vision journey — whether you are seeking support for recent vision loss, long-time vision loss, or for family members or caregivers.
Additionally, our resources will help you locate local eye care providers, find financial assistance for eye care, and more.
Thanks to your generosity, the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington brings critical vision health and support services to more than 13,000 of our neighbors that need it most each year. We are so grateful for your support as we continue to do everything we can to improve and preserve sight and quality of life!
Whether you want to give your time, raise awareness, or donate in honor of a loved one, you have the power to be a champion for vision health!