The Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington (POB) stands in solidarity with our black community and denounces any and all forms of racism and intolerance.

As an organization focused on eye health in our local community, we proudly serve everyone. POB believes that no one should be denied equal opportunity based on race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information.

We must recognize racism and intolerance as human rights issues and take them seriously. These touch the values at the core of our organization: collaboration, compassion, diversity, ethics, reliability, and service.

It is critical that we speak on these issues, educate ourselves, engage in conversations, and learn from one another to realize a just environment. We are stronger together.


Low Vision Learning Center Information & Resource Hotline Remains Open - (301) 951-4444

The Information and Resource Hotline remains open and ready to receive your calls! We can answer questions about available resources, including reading, transportation, technology and much more! You can also ask about our Town Hall Calls and other support groups meeting by phone/online. Our Low Vision Resource Navigators are ready for your questions! Hotline Hours: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday. Call us at (301) 951-4444.

Click here to access recordings from our Low Vision Town Hall Call-In Meetings

Click here to access our 2020 Voting Accessibility Guide

Donate to provide free navigation to ensure individuals with low vision receive critical support during these challenging times.



Operating Status Update: 

The health and safety of our clients, staff, and supporters is our top priority. Public health guidance and the response by local, state, and federal agencies continue to change rapidly. POB has developed a Continuity of Operations Plan. Please contact us at (202) 234-1010 if you have questions.

Headquarters (DC): Closed
Eyeglasses Clinic (DC): Closed
Look Again Resale Shops: Both locations open: Alexandria, VA & Kensington, MD - limited hours apply
Low Vision Learning Centers (DC/MD/VA): Hotline remains open: 301-951-4444
Low Vision Support & Resource Group Events: In-person events canceled - call 301-951-4444 for more information


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.

Each year, POB impacts approximately 13,000 community members through our evidence-based programs, ranging from vision acuity and glaucoma screenings, eyeglasses distributions and fittings, educational vision resources and events, low vision rehabilitation services and support group networks, and more. We remain committed to comprehensive vision health, ethical service within the community, deep respect for individuals and families in all circumstances, innovation in service delivery, and our ability to serve as a facilitator among our medical and social service peers.

Learn more about POB's services.