POB works cooperatively and strategically with community partners to provide more opportunities for eye care and eye health information to the people who need it most.
Georgetown University Hospital's KIDS Mobile Medical Clinic
POB partners with Georgetown University Hospital’s KIDS Mobile Medical Clinic/Ronald McDonald Care Mobile (KMMC) to provide free eye exams and glasses to children.
Eye exams are available once a month from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. on the mobile clinic at the King Greenleaf Recreation Center, 201 N Street, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024.
Once a month, a volunteer ophthalmologist provides free eye exams for childrenand adolescents 3- to 21-years-old on the pediatric mobile unit. POB also provides new eyeglasses free of charge to children with a prescription from KMMC.
For more information, including how to make an appointment, please call (202) 444-8888.
Washington National Eye Center
From 2011 through 2015, POB worked with the Washington National Eye Center to provide free eye exams and eyeglasses to adults without health insurance at Bread for the City each month. Each patient received a comprehensive eye exam as well as a glasses prescription filled by our eyeglasses clinic. Patients also received follow-up care at Washington National Eye Center if necessary. In December of 2015, Bread for the City hired its own eye doctor to provide eye exams in its medical clinic. POB is excited to expand its work with Washington National Eye Center and provide these services at additional locations in the future.
Washington Tennis and Education Foundation
POB has a new partnership with the Washington Tennis and Education Foundation to hold an all-day event for kids attending WTEF's summer program. Each child receives a vision screening to test for distance acuity, amblyopia, or lazy eye, and strabismus, a turned eye. Children who fail the screening receive a comprehensive eye exam and, if they need, a glasses prescription filled by our eyeglasses clinic. Children who fail the screening because of complex issues such as amblyopia or strabismus are referred to local pediatric ophthalmologists for follow-up.