Adults Programs

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.
 

Affordable Eyeglasses Clinic

POB’s Affordable Eyeglasses Clinic provides prescription eyeglasses to individuals who need eyeglasses but cannot afford their full cost. Eyeglasses start at $35, including frames. Each year, we provide more than 1,000 local residents with eyeglasses at a price they can afford. We have proudly provided this vital service to our local community for more than 20 years.

The Eyeglasses Clinic is located at 415 2nd Street NE, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20002. The Clinic is open for visits by appointment only. Call (202) 269-0203, option 1, to schedule an appointment.

If you are enrolled in or eligible for Medicaid, you may be able to receive an eye exam or eyeglasses at no cost to you from a Medicaid-approved provider. To learn more, see our frequently asked questions below, and visit our page on Financial Resources for Eye Care.

In addition to providing eyeglasses at POB headquarters, we also provide eyeglasses to clients of So Others Might Eat (SOME) each Wednesday. For more information about SOME’s medical clinic, contact (202) 797-8806.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a prescription for eyeglasses?

Individuals interested in our services must have a current prescription for eyeglasses that is less than one (1) year old. We do not provide eye exams. Please bring your prescription with you to your appointment. Click here to learn more about Financial Resources for Eye Care.

Does the Eyeglasses Clinic provide eye exams?

We do not provide eye exams. Individuals interested in our services must have a current prescription for eyeglasses that is less than one (1) year old. Please bring your prescription with you to your appointment. If you need an eye exam and cannot afford one, visit our page on Financial Resources for Eye Care.

How do I schedule an appointment?

You can schedule an appointment by calling (202) 269-0203, option 1. Appointments are required for both your initial consultation and to pick up your eyeglasses.

Can I walk in to get eyeglasses without an appointment?

No, we are unable to serve clients without an appointment.

How much does a pair of eyeglasses cost?

Eyeglasses start at $35 for a basic pair of eyeglasses with single vision or bifocal lenses, with frames included. Additional options cost extra. An application for financial assistance for those unable to afford our nominal fee is accessible to social service agencies that apply on behalf of their clients. Learn more about financial resources for eye care.

Individuals under 18 may be eligible to receive a free pair of eyeglasses with a special referral from the POB Children’s Vision Screening program.

Do you provide contact lenses?

No, we do not provide contact lenses at this time.

Do you accept Medicaid, Medicare, or other insurance?

No insurance is accepted. Payment is required at time of order by cash, credit card, or money order.

However, if you are eligible for or enrolled in Medicaid, you may be able to get an eye exam and prescription eyeglasses at no cost through an approved Medicaid provider.

If you are already enrolled in Medicaid, call the phone number listed on the back of your insurance card and ask how to get an eye exam and/or eyeglasses.

If you are not yet enrolled in Medicaid, contact the offices below for more information.
District of Columbia (DC): (202) 442-5988 or dhcf.dc.gov.
Maryland: (855) 642-8572 or mmcp.health.maryland.gov.
Virginia: (855) 242-8282 or coverva.org.

How do I get to the Eyeglasses Clinic?

The Eyeglasses Clinic is located at 415 2nd Street NE, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20002. The Clinic is open for visits by appointment only.

We are just one block away from Union Station (MetroRail Red Line). The nearest MetroBus stop (served by the 96, D6, and X8 routes) is at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue NE and 2nd Street NE. The nearest DC Circulator stop is at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue NE and Columbus Circle (Orange Route/Union Station-Congress Heights Route). The nearest landmark is an Exxon gas station, located directly next to our building. Use the WMATA Trip Planner for additional directions.

Limited metered street parking is available after 9:30 a.m. on Massachusetts Avenue NE, 3rd Street NE, and 4th Street NE. Additional metered parking is available on the streets surrounding our office. Limited free 2-hour parking may be available on certain sections (between 4th Street NE and 3rd Street NE) of C Street NE.

Please pay close attention to posted parking regulations, as they are strictly enforced.

The nearest paid private parking facility is the Union Station Parking Garage (30 Massachusetts Avenue NE).

I represent a social service agency. How can I apply for financial assistance for my client?

An application for financial assistance for those unable to afford our nominal fee is accessible to social service agencies that apply on behalf of their clients.

If you represent a social service agency, please contact us at (202) 269-0203, option 1, or eyeglasses@youreyes.org to request an application. After you complete and return the application to us, the client must make an appointment to receive eyeglasses at our clinic.

Do you accept donations of used eyeglasses? Can you recycle my old eyeglasses?

Yes, we collect used eyeglasses and may use their parts to repair glasses at our Clinic. Some eyeglasses are sent to the Lions Eyeglasses Recycling Center. Donations of unbroken eyeglasses are accepted at our Clinic and other locations throughout the region. Visit our section on Eyeglasses Recycling to learn more.

For more information, contact:

(202) 269-0203, option 1
eyeglasses@youreyes.org

Glaucoma & Visual Acuity Screening

Glaucoma is a group of diseases that can damage the eye’s optic nerve and may result in progressive, irreversible vision loss and blindness. Early detection is important for treating glaucoma and slowing its progression.

The Glaucoma and Visual Acuity Screening program provides free screenings for more than 3,000 adults in Greater Washington annually. Screenings occur at major employment hubs, community or recreation centers, health fairs, places of worship, senior centers, and other community-based locations.

In addition to the screenings POB provides, the best way to prevent permanent vision loss from glaucoma is with regular, comprehensive dilated eye exams from an eye care professional (optometrist or ophthalmologist).

What is a glaucoma screening?

Our screening uses a non-invasive visual field test to check your peripheral (side) vision, which could be affected by glaucoma. Our screening evaluates how well you can see objects off to the sides of your vision without moving your eyes. The screening takes just 40 seconds per eye. It is not the “air puff” (tonometry) test.

Our screening does not diagnose glaucoma. It will alert you of possible deficiency in your peripheral vision, which could be an indicator of glaucoma. You should then follow up with an eye care professional (optometrist, ophthalmologist), who will be able to diagnose or rule out glaucoma.

What is a visual acuity screening?

Our visual acuity screening helps you understand how clearly you see. We will ask you to read letters that are up close and far away. If you normally wear glasses or contact lenses to help with reading and/or seeing over certain distances, you should wear them during the screening. Our staff will explain the results of your visual acuity screening, but only an eye care professional (optometrist, ophthalmologist) is authorized to write a prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses.

Schedule a Screening

Nicki Sanders

To request a free screening at your site, please contact:
Nicki Sanders, MSW
Senior Director, Children’s and Eyeglasses Programs
(202) 234-1010, ext. 235
nsanders@youreyes.org

Eye Health Education Events

Throughout the year, ophthalmologists and other eye care professionals volunteer to bring eye health education directly to our community through the POB Speakers Bureau.

These free, in-person events present the latest information on a variety of eye health topics, including: general eye health, low vision, glaucoma, macular degeneration, amblyopia/strabismus, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, dry eye, and more. Events are held throughout the region at community gathering places.

Events

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Interested in hosting an eye health education event?

Eye health events are a vital health education opportunity for your civic, social, religious, or school group audience of 15 or more people.

Please contact us at least eight weeks in advance of your proposed date/event. Availability is not guaranteed, as doctors may not be available at certain times.

Each event is interactive and includes a question and answer session with the presenter. Please note many doctors request basic audio/visual capabilities (microphone, projector, computer) for their talks, as well as on-site parking.

To schedule an event or to learn more, contact:

Sean Curry

Sean Curry
Senior Programs Manager
(202) 234-1010, ext. 233
scurry@youreyes.org