Disease, Disorders, Medical Disciplines

PREVENTION OF BLINDNESS SOCIETY OF METROPOLITAN WASHINGTON

  • Washington, DC
  • http://www.youreyes.org

Mission Statement

Founded in 1936, the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington (POB), the largest local prevention of blindness agency in the United States, is dedicated to the improvement and preservation of sight by providing services, education, advocacy and innovation.

POB screens nearly 8,000 children annually for vision loss and strabismus, and 5,000 adults for glaucoma. POB also provides thousands of pairs of glasses to low-income and homeless persons. POB sponsors the Aging Eye Network, the Macular Degeneration Network and Stargardt's Network that provide public programs and support groups.

Main Programs

  1. Children's Vision Screening
  2. Adult Vision/Glaucoma Screening
  3. Eyeglasses for the Needy
  4. Macular Degeneration Network
  5. Low Vision Learning Center
Service Areas

Self-reported

District of Columbia

We are a local non-profit with headquarters in Washington, D.C., and
serve the District; Montgomery and Prince George's Counties, Maryland;
and northern Virginia.

ruling year

1947

Executive Director

Self-reported

Michele D. Hartlove

Keywords

Self-reported

vision, sight, eyes, eyeglasses, macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, stargardt disease, strabismus, amblyopia

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Also Known As

POB

EIN

53-0204690

 Number

6119751240

Physical Address

1775 Church Street, NW

Washington, 20036

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Eye Diseases, Blindness and Vision Impairments (G41)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

In 2009, POB began partnering with Georgetown University Hospital's KIDS
Mobile Medical Clinic to bring vision screenings, and free eye
examinations and eyeglasses from a volunteer ophthalmologist to children
without health insurance at the King Greenleaf Recreation Center in
southeast D.C.
 
In 2010, POB opened a new Low Vision Learning Center in Alexandria, Va. The Low Vision Learning Center provides low vision examinations, low vision skills training, occupational therapy and low vision devices to a growing older population.
 
In 2011, POB has announced a new partnership with Bread for
the City to provide free eye exams to adults and follow-up care through
Washington Hospital Center.

Programs

Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Children's Vision Screening

The Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington provides vision screening to preschoolers (ages 3-5) as well as screenings to older school-aged children. POB screeners screen daily and are accustomed to detecting eye issues in children, which often are very subtle. If a follow-up examination is recommended, POB provides letters to the parents in English, Spanish, Urdu, Arabic, Korean, Chinese and Vietnamese. The most vital part of the POB program is the thorough follow-up that the staff performs. The POB staff members continue follow-up, often times in cooperation with the school principal or nurse, until the parent takes the child for a physician's examination. The national average for returned referrals is 30-40%. POB's returned referrals are 90%. POB is among the few programs that employ professionals to screen children and has done so since 1955.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

None

Budget

$349,279.00

Program 2

Adult Vision/Glaucoma Screening

The Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington regularly participates in community health fairs, and awareness programs throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area. POB uses visual fields machines (FDT) to screen for glaucoma. POB also conducts visual acuity screenings using the Titmus machine at health fairs.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Adults

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$42,968.00

Program 3

Eyeglasses for the Needy

The Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington provides close to 8,000 pairs of new eyeglasses each year to low-income and homeless persons in the D.C. area who need glasses but cannot afford to pay for them. POB's program helps by providing new eyeglasses at a nominal cost or free, depending on an individual's financial circumstances.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$344,985.00

Program 4

Macular Degeneration Network

To help those with macular degeneration, the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington organized the Macular Degeneration Network in 1994. The Network serves several thousand people each year, but there are thousands more that could be reached. POB sponsors several on-going monthly lecture series to educate the public on macular degeneration, various other eye diseases, low vision assistance, and the research and treatment available. In addition to these on-going programs, offers several large all-day once-a year-events, such as technology fairs, health screenings, and lectures. In addition, POB offers support groups throughout the metropolitan area. These support groups provide useful information on low vision help, resources and services available. POB offers a free large-print newsletter, Your Eyes Today, which includes a calendar of events, articles, and resources. POB also has groups for those with glaucoma and Stargardt's disease.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Blind and Vision Impaired

Physically Disabled nec

Budget

$191,996.00

Program 5

Low Vision Learning Center

POB's Low Vision Learning Center in Alexandria, VA offers a variety of programs and services for people with low vision, including examinations and personalized rehabilitation programs. The Low Vision Learning Center also provides individuals the opportunity to test the latest in visual aids and low vision technologies.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Blind and Vision Impaired

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Adults

Budget

$13,250.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

District of Columbia

We are a local non-profit with headquarters in Washington, D.C., and
serve the District; Montgomery and Prince George's Counties, Maryland;
and northern Virginia.

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PREVENTION OF BLINDNESS SOCIETY OF METROPOLITAN WASHINGTON INC
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Operations

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PREVENTION OF BLINDNESS SOCIETY OF METROPOLITAN WASHINGTON

Leadership

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Executive Director

Michele D. Hartlove

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Jan D Brown

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?