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Founded in 1936, the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington (POB) is the largest local prevention of blindness agency in the United States. POB is dedicated to improving and preserving sight through services, education, advocacy and innovation.
Each year, POB screens more than 8,000 children for vision loss and strabismus and 5,000 adults for glaucoma. These screening services cover a wide range of needs, sometimes resulting in early detection and treatment that could prevent or slow vision loss. Many children and adults that POB assists do not receive annual physicals and eye exams, which means we provide their only vision assistance.
POB's Eyeglasses for the Needy program provides eyeglasses to thousands of low-income and homeless persons at a nominal fee, and the Low Vision Learning Center provides low vision examinations and low vision rehabilitation. In October 2010, POB opened its Low Vision Learning Center in Alexandria, VA.
POB also sponsors the Aging Eye Network, the Macular Degeneration Network and Stargardt's Network that provide public programs and support groups for those living with low vision.
POB also operates an eyeglasses clinic for its Eyeglasses for the Needy program in northeast D.C.
POB operates two Look Again resale shops in Alexandria, VA, and Kensington, MD, whose proceeds benefit sight-saving programs.