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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Miami Lighthouse is among top 2% of nonprofits in the nation

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Lighthouse Learning Center for Children™

Miami Lighthouse has launched a new learning center for visually impaired children from birth through pre-kindergarten. This Lighthouse Learning Center for Children™ will provide specialized early intervention and training to help “level the playing field” when these visually impaired children enter the public school system. Click here to learn more.

Miami Lighthouse For The Blind And Visually Impaired Breaks Ground On New Learning Center For Children
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind broke ground on a new addition to its growing campus ─ the 72,000-square-foot Lighthouse Learning Center for Children™ ─ during a ceremony held on Wednesday, August 3, 2016. Click here to read more.

Upcoming Events

Celebrating 85 Years of Hope, Confidence and Independence

August 31st, 2016 Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Reception at Miami Lighthouse

On Wednesday August 31st from 6pm-8pm more than 50 faculty, residents and fellows from Bascom Palmer Eye Institute (BPEI) along with Miami Lighthouse Board Directors will gather for an informative evening at Miami Lighthouse. Click here to view the invitation.

September 16th, 2016 Young Professionals of the Lighthouse Chicken Championship

On Friday, September 16th the Young Professionals of the Lighthouse invite you to attend their annual Wing Eating Contest at Batch Gastropub from 6:30pm-8:30pm with the contest starting at 8:00pm. To view the invitation please click here. To purchase tickets please click here.

October 14th, 2016 White Cane Day

On October 14th Miami Lighthouse will celebrate its annual White Cane Day where an estimated 200 people of all ages escorted by City of Miami Police and Fire Departments, will walk from Miami Lighthouse, down 8th Street and back, where the celebration will continue with food and music featuring Miami Lighthouse Music Program musicians, guest speakers and special presentations.

October 26th, 2016 See the Light Luncheon

Miami Lighthouse continues celebrating its 85th year of serving the blind and visually impaired at our annual See the Light luncheon taking place on Wednesday, October 26th at Riviera Country Club. Join more than 250 community leaders and philanthropists this year to raise funds for Miami Lighthouse.

January 28th, 2017 The 85th Diamond Anniversary Gala

The Grand Celebration of the 85th anniversary of Miami Lighthouse, Florida's oldest and largest private agency serving the blind and visually impaired, will take place at the historic Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables on January 28th 2017.

85th Anniversary Celebration launched on March 8, 2016 at event sponsored by Northern Trust. Click here to read about the celebration and to view pictures of the event.


In the News

Miami Lighthouse Early Intervention Blind Babies Program Named the Children's Trust 2016 Program of the Year
Among the hundreds of children's programs in our county, the Miami Lighthouse Early Intervention Blind Babies Program was named the 2016 Program of the Year by the Children's Trust. This most prestigious award recognizes this Early Intervention Program, in particular, for including parents as teachers. To view the video about the program click here.

Coral Gables Community Foundation Awards $2,000 Grant To Miami Lighthouse For Its Senior Group Activities Program
The Coral Gables Community Foundation celebrated its 2016 Scholarship and Community Grant Recipients at the home of Ajit and Maria Alicia Asrani. The Foundation awarded nearly $100,000 in college scholarships to deserving students and grants to 15 non-profit organizations with an impact to Coral Gables. Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired was awarded a $2,000 grant to benefit Coral Gables residents in our Senior Group Activities Program.

Florida Blue Selects Foundation Miami Lighthouse For The Blind To Bring Low Vision Services To Underserved Seniors Affected By Age-Related Eye Disease
Florida Blue Foundation has announced that Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired (MLB) has been awarded a three-year grant for the purpose of implementing the project “Bringing Low Vision Assessments to Underserved Populations and Training Professionals to Work with Seniors Affected by Age-Related Eye Disease.”

Miami Lighthouse Among Top 2% Of Nonprofits In The Nation
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired has is in the top two percent of U.S. charities, receiving its eighth consecutive 4-star rating, the highest rating possible, from Charity Navigator in recognition of its ability to efficiently manage and grow its finances.

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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 2% of U.S. nonprofits having earned eight 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.


2013 and 2014
Miami Lighthouse is a two-time Charity Partner of the Marlins Foundation and has received over $50,000 in charitable donations from the team to underwrite the cost of providing vision screenings, comprehensive eye exams and prescription glasses to underserved inner-city schoolchildren who receive eye care through our Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program.




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.