Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Inc.

To provide vision rehabilitation, eye health services and education that promote independence,
to collaborate with and train professionals, and to conduct research in related fields.

It's Possible to See Without Sight™

601 Southwest Eighth Avenue, FL 33130 · Ph: 305.856.2288 · Fx: 305-285.6967 · 

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Good Vision = A Better Chance at Success

Undetected and undiagnosed vision problems in children can lead to learning difficulties, delayed development, behavior problems, and permanent vision loss.

Many vision problems begin before children start school. Two percent of children entering the first grade have a refractive error, such as farsightedness (hyperopia), nearsightedness (myopia), or astigmatism. Lazy eye (amblyopia) and misaligned eyes (strabismus) are two common problems which, left untreated, can become more difficult to correct. Identifying these vision problems early can significantly help reduce their long-term effects. Early recognition of disease results in more effective treatment that can be sight saving or even life saving.

Some signs and symptoms of vision problems in children include:

  • Eyes that are crossed, turning in, out, or moving independently of each other
  • Red, watery, or itchy eyes
  • Squinting, closing or covering one eye when reading or writing
  • Holding reading material close to the face
  • Losing his/her place when reading
  • Poor eye-hand coordination
  • Blurring of vision at near or distant objects
  • Headaches, nausea and dizziness

To read an article in the Miami Lighthouse Lantern about signs of vision problems in children, click here: Lantern Winter 2008 Extra

Vision is an essential part of everyday life and it affects development, learning, communication, work, health, and quality of life. Every effort must be made to ensure that before children reach age 5, they receive a screening or comprehensive eye exam from their health care provider. For more information about preschool children’s eye examinations, please call the Miami Lighthouse Heiken Children’s Vision Program at 305-856-9830.


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Miami Lighthouse was recognized at the 2015 Florida Blue Foundation Sapphire Awards luncheon as an organization that has demonstrated excellence and innovation in community health.


Miami Lighthouse ranks among the elite 1% of U.S. nonprofits having earned ten consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator, the nation’s premier independent nonprofit evaluator. Receiving such a distinction reflects our sound fiscal management, responsible use of donor dollars, and financial strength.


Miami Lighthouse has earned the Silver participation level through the GuideStar Exchange which is a testament to Miami Lighthouse’s commitment to data transparency.






Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious 2015 Beacon Award in Education at the 13th Annual Beacon Council Awards.


Miami Lighthouse was the recipient of the 2013 Switchboard Miami All Star Most Valuable Non-Profit Award.


Miami Lighthouse is a two-time Charity Partner (2013 and 2014) of the Marlins Foundation and a 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game Legacy Partner. Our Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program has received over $300,000 in charitable donations through these partnerships.


Miami Lighthouse named "Best of Miami" Charity 2017 by the New Times.


Miami Lighthouse received United Homecare’s 2012 Thelma Gibson Community Service Award at the 18th Annual Claude Pepper Memorial Awards Ceremony.


Miami Lighthouse received a Silver medal at the 2016 Miami Today Gold Medal Awards Ceremony.


Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious South Florida Business Journal 2011 Excellence in Health Care Award in the Community Outreach category.


Miami Lighthouse honored by being named the recipient of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce 2010 Non-Profit Business Diamond Award.


Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious 2008 Concern Award from Health Foundation of South Florida.