Prevent Blindness - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Prevent Blindness
211 West Wacker Drive, #1700
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 363-6001 (Local)
(312) 363-6052 (Fax)
(800) 331-2020 (Toll-Free)

Brief Description

Founded in 1908, PBA is the nation's leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight. Focused on promoting a continuum of vision care, PBA touches the lives of millions of people each year through public and professional education, certified vision screening training, community and patient service programs and research. These services are made possible through the generous support of the American public. Together with a network of affiliates, divisions, and chapters, PBA is committed to eliminating preventable blindness in America. For more information, or to make a contribution to the sight-saving fund, call 1-800-331-2020 or visit us on the web at

Hours of operation: 8:30 AM-5:00 PM (Central Time).
Clients served on average per year: 2.3 million people screened throughout 23 states. Thousands served through PBA Hotline.
Geographic area served: United States.
Publications: PB News (3 times a year), Vision Problems in the U.S., full print and online catalog of brochures.


Kara Baldonado, Director, National Center for Children's Vision & Eye Health,
Kathy Nelson, VP, Field Operations,
Hugh Parry, President and CEO,
Jeff Todd, Chief Operating Officer,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assessment
    • Offers vision screenings for adults threatened by glaucoma and other serious vision problems.
  • Assistive Products
    • Eye health and safety materials available. Products for sale via mail order catalog (800-331-2020) or on-line.
  • Information and Referral
    • Prevent Vision Health Resource Center at 1-800-331-2020 provides information about eye health and safety, free of charge. Includes information on glaucoma, cataracts, AMD and diabetic retinopathy. Our "Living Well with Low Vision Resource Center" ( offers up-to-date information and free materials for people living with low vision.


Prevent Blindness Southeast Texas Region

Prevent Blindness America: Northeast Region

Prevent Blindness Georgia

Prevent Blindness Iowa

Prevent Blindness North Carolina

Prevent Blindness Northern California

Prevent Blindness Wisconsin

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