About Us

The Center for Vision Loss is the only nonprofit organization dedicated to serve the visual well-being of everyone in Lehigh, Northampton, and Monroe counties at little or no cost. Its core principle is that vision loss should never be a barrier to achievement or a life of independence, dignity, and hope.

The agency’s purposes are to provide support, skills education, and rehabilitation services for people with vision loss and to promote visual health and safety throughout its communities. Impact for its vision loss clients is reflected by their ability to life independently to improve their capabilities. Impact upon the community at large is reflected in the numbers of children and adults who receive free vision screenings from the agency and participate in outreach education programs.

As it empowers vision loss clients to thrive and community members to protect their eyes, the Center for Vision Loss helps fulfill the American ideal that one’s destiny should not be shaped by a physical issue but by the quality of their character, the energy of their determination, and the strength of their spirit.

The agency traces its inception to 1928, when Lions Clubs in Lehigh and Northampton counties responded to a direct appeal from iconic activist Helen Keller. Expansion in 2002 took place at the urging of community leaders in Monroe County.

Our Mission Statement

To enable personal triumphs over vision challenges.

Our Vision Statement

To influence a world in which vision loss is not a barrier to independence and achievement.

Our Service Areas

Lehigh Valley: Lehigh and Northampton counties in eastern Pennsylvania
Monroe: Monroe County in eastern Pennsylvania

Our Purposes

Support: To deliver support and improve quality of life for people who experience vision loss.
Rehabilitation: To provide for rehabilitation of visual capabilities in children and adults.
Prevention: To encourage people of all ages to engage in practices and behaviors that prevent vision loss.

Our Impacts

Support: The agency’s annual goal is for at least 75 percent of its vision loss clients to report that the services they receive help them maintain their independence.
Rehabilitation: The agency’s annual goal is for at least 85 percent of vision loss clients in its lifeskills programs to improve their functional capabilities.
Prevention: The agency reflects its impact in the numbers of children and adults engaged, screened, referred for additional care, and educated annually.

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