About Us

Illinois Society for the Prevention of Blindness is dedicated to the care, protection and preservation of sight through programs that support research, better living with low vision, and community education.


Eye Education

Learn about common problems and diseases along with proper health and safety tips.

Reimbursement Services

Learn about eligibility requirements and our partners for low vision equipment and children’s replacement glasses.

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Presentations and Community Outreach

Want ISPB to provide screening and information at your event? Speak to a group about a specific topic?

Research Grants

For medical students, residents, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, assistant professors, and other junior faculty members in Illinois.

The Families of Selena and Xiomara Would Like to Thank You

Selena is an energetic seven-year-old from Schiller Park who loves to draw, dance, sing, and play at her local park. She was born prematurely and has retinal dystrophy, which requires her to wear glasses full-time. Selena received a new pair through our partnership program with Lurie Children’s Hospital and couldn’t be happier. Happy drawing, Selena!

Xiomara is an active 15-month-old from Macomb who was born with a cataract and Peter’s anomaly in her left eye. She had surgery to remove the cataract at six weeks old and now wears a contact lens. During her downtime from the contact and when she is swimming, she wears the glasses she received though our partnership with Lurie Children’s Hospital to see and “get into everything,” according to her mom.

Making an Impact in Illinois
Impact facts:

Nearly $1.8 million in research grants distributed since 1980.

$35,000 annually given to fund low vision equipment and youth replacement glasses.

Thousands of community members educated about eye health and safety each year.


September 2023 Newsletter From ISPB & PBIL

Sport’s Eye Safety Month New ANNUAL DATA from ISPB and PBIL shows that there were more than 32,000 sports-related eye injuries treated in the United States last year, an increase…

September is Sports Safety Month

New annual data from ISPB and PBIL shows that there were more than 32,000 sports-related eye injuries treated in the United States last year, an increase of almost 20…

My Retina Tracker Genetic Testing Program

Do you have a clinical diagnosis of inherited retinal degeneration (IRD) and live in the United States and/or the US territories? The Foundation Fighting Blindness, in partnership with Blueprint…

New Resources for Reducing Eye Strain from Screens

In response to increased virtual and screen-based activities during the coronavirus pandemic, ISPB and Prevent Blindness Illinois have launched a new awareness campaign,, Take a Screen Time Out. All…