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Prevent Blindness Iowa - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Prevent Blindness Iowa
1111 Ninth Street
Suite 250
Des Moines, IA 50314
(515) 244-4341 (Local)
(515) 244-4718 (Fax)
(800) 329-8782 (Toll-Free)

Brief Description

Founded in 1958, Prevent Blindness Iowa is at work in communities across Iowa with sight-saving programs for children, adults and older citizens. Prevent Blindness Iowa is a leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to preventing blindness and preserving sight through public and professional education, early detection, patient services and research.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-4:30 PM.
Geographic area served: Iowa.


Jeanne Burmeister, Executive Director,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Does outreach to service-oriented clubs like Kiwanis and optometrists to identify those who would benefit from provided services.
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides information to community concerning eye health and safety and some referral to services for people who are blind and visually impaired throughout Iowa.
  • Library Services
    • Full eye health and safety library.

Services for Children

  • Health
    • Offers vision screening at community and business events for adults and preschool children.
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides information about eye disease, eye health, and eye safety free of charge.
  • Support for Parents
    • Refers to sources of subsidization for needy, low-income eye care, including eyeglasses for preschool and school-age children.
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