About Us

The Center for Vision Loss will provide a comprehensive set of preventative, rehabilitative, support and social services enabling blind and visually impaired customer to achieve their personal goals and restore quality of life consistent with those goals. Programs will provide a balance of independent living skills and social services to meet individual needs across a diverse client base and also help reduce the incidence of vision loss in the community through prevention of blindness and remedial eye care services. The Center for Vision Loss prides itself on looking beyond vision and is the region’s only non-profit agency dedicated to improving the lives of people with vision loss.


Our History

Services and programs for blind and visually  impaired residents of Lehigh and Northampton Counties began in 1928. In that year, Helen Keller, the inspirational deaf-blind teacher, spoke at Liberty High School in Bethlehem. She exhorted members of the Lions Clubs in the audience to join her crusade against blindness by becoming “Knights of the Blind.” The Lions Clubs immediately took up the challenge and founded Associations for the Blind in both Lehigh and Northampton Counties. In the early days, Blind Associations established workshops which taught new skills such as broom making and weaving to blind and visually impaired clients. As the MORE


The Center for Vision Loss serves the residents of Lehigh, Northampton and Monroe Counties at two locations: Lehigh Valley Office 845 West Wyoming Street Allentown, PA 18103 Hours: 8:30 am-4:30 pm, Monday-Friday P. 610.433.6018 F. 610.433.4856 View Larger Map Monroe County Office 4215 Manor Drive Stroudsburg, PA 18360 Hours: 8;30 am-3:30 pm, Monday-Friday P. 570.992.7787 F. 570.992.7772 View Larger Map MORE

Volunteer Opportunities

If you are willing to lend a helping hand and heart to the work of the Center for Vision Loss, let’s talk! Our current volunteer opportunities are listed here. Contact Rita Lang, Manager of Innovative Programs, at 610.433.6018. x. 225 or rita.lang@centerforvisionloss.org for more information. Vision Screeners Screeners test the vision of children by conducting a series of tests to identify eye problems. They work at pre-schools, day care centers and kindergarten registrations. Did you know that 80% of what a child learns comes through the visual system? That is why it is so important to catch eye problems MORE

Speaker’s Bureau

If you are interested in having a representative from the Center for Vision Loss speak to your club, church group, activity group, business meeting or other gathering, call Karen Huetter, Development Director, at  610.433.6018, x. 241.  We can offer programs about our services and eye health and eye safety to keep you in the know. Remember we love to take our show on the road! MORE


"It’s not just about being able to write a check. It’s about being able to touch someone’s life." Oprah Winfrey Giving a donation to the Center for Vision Loss will help make a difference in the lives of blind and visually impaired people in Lehigh, Northampton and Monroe Counties and support the agency in its educational outreach programs in the community. Gifts may be made for general purposes, to fund a specific initiative, as a tribute in memory or in honor of an individual, or you might wish to consider including the Center for Vision Loss in MORE

Resources & Links

General Information  About Blindness and Visual Impairment


Volunteer Governance

The Center for Vision Loss, a 501(c)3, not-for-profit corporation, is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Officers and members include: Linwood Gehris, President Michael Wambaugh, Vice-President Fred Folland, Secretary Edward Vogrins, Treasurer Elsie Batista Ihor Fedoriw, OD John Grencer Marsha Johnston Martin Lang Jerry Messina Bradley Ott Erin Pietrulewicz Lucille Piggott-Prawl Thomas Reilly Michael Wambaugh Center for Vision Loss Advisory Committee Todd Donnelly Tony Swartz The Center for Vision Loss Endowment Foundation, a 501(c)3, not-for-profit corporation, was established in 1980 to provide funding opportunities based on best investment practices that will ensure the sustainability of the Center for Vision Loss MORE
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