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Welcome to LVC

(Formerly known as The Low Vision Information Center)
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The Low Vision Center is a nonprofit organization that helps people with low vision maintain their independence. Located in Bethesda, Maryland, we offer information services as well as a demonstration area full of a variety of low vision aids and ideas.

The Low Vision Center offers its resources without charge, relying entirely upon personal contributions to fund its varied services.

I invite you to browse our web site for more information about our services, as well as helpful hints for improving your vision. Some examples include:

I also invite you to make an appointment to visit our demonstration area so you can examine our low vision aids, including magnifiers, CCTV's, Zoom Text, and non-optical adaptive aids (such as talking clocks and writing guides). We also sell a select group of low vision aids and Bausch & Lomb, Coil, Eschenbach, and Schweitzer magnifiers. Please don't hesitate to call us for additional information or to make an appointment for a visit.  Appointments are usually scheduled between 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Terry Eason
Executive Director

News and Notes

"Giving Tuesday" December 1

Each year, the Tuesday after thanksgiving is "giving tuesday," a day earmarked for giving back to the community through charitable donations and volunteer work.  Tuesday, Dec. 1, (or any other day, for that matter), would be a fine time to show your support for LVC with a contribution.  See our Support LVC" page for more information.

CLB Book Group Now Forming to Begin in January 2016

Are you a literature lover who may be blind or have low vision who would like to read and discuss thought provoking non-fiction about other individuals with disabilities who've overcome obstacles and achieved goals?  Please contact for information on how to join.

G-Technology's Sonar Glasses

G-Technology Group has released a new assistive product to increase mobility independence for the blind and visually impaired called Sonar Glasses.  Sonar Glasses complement white canes and guide dogs by detecting obstacles above waist level (such as tree limbs, signs, walls, vehicles, people, etc.).  They work based on echolocation, the glasses emit sound waves and measure the time to receive the sound reflected by nearby objects.  The detection range of the glasses is up to 6 feet.  A subtle vibration in the temple alerts the user when a nearby object is detected.  If the object is closer than 3 feet, the temple vibrates more rapidly.  For more information on the Sonar Glasses, please contact Jeff Shad at or by calling 571-297-4756.

NFB-MD annual convention Nov. 13-15

NFB of Maryland will hold their annual convention in Ocean City, Maryland, from Friday, Nov. 13 through Sunday, Nov. 15.  See more details on the NFB-MD web site at

Learn more about diabetes Nov. 15

November is Diabetes Awareness Month.  Diabetes contributes to many vision problems, including cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy.  To get information on managing diabetes from an expert, come to a presentation at Sibley Medical Building on Sunday afternoon, November 15.  See details at the POB web site.

"Don't Lose Sight to Diabetes" Nov. 18

Register in advance for this free event at Leisure World.  Learn about past, present and future sight-saving research into diabetes-related eye disease with an eye on cutting edge treatment options to preserve vision, from Reshma Katira, M.D. and Gayatri Reilly, M.D. of Retina Group of Washington (RGW).  Visit information and resource exhibits, get free glaucoma screenings and enjoy free light lunch.  View details at the POB web site.

Picture This!

Picture This! is a program of monthly guided tours at the National Gallery of Art for individuals with impaired sight and anyone who wishes to enhance their art experience with rich verbal descriptions.  One of our LVC volunteers, Tony, joined the October 2015 tour.  Follow this link to his impressions of the program.

On November 25 and 28, the theme of the Picture this! tours will be Dress to Impress.

November POB newsletter

The November issue of Your Eyes Today, the newsletter of the Macular Degeneration Network of the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington (POB), can now be downloaded from

To subscribe to this newsletter on-line, visit

To view POB's calendar of coming events as a web page, visit

Thank you, Francie Gilman

Francie Gilman, disability resource librarian at the Rockville library, is leaving to pursue other interests.  Thank you, Francie, for all that you have done for those with low vision during your tenure at the library.

Great American Smokeout Nov. 19

Smoking is a risk factor for eye disease.  If you use tobacco, consider quitting on the third Thursday in November, the Great American Smokeout.  Learn more about smoking and eye health at  Learn more about the Great American Smokeout at

Exhbition features blind artists Nov. 12 - Dec. 17

Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind and the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design will sponsor an art exhibition featuring artists who are blind or visually impaired from the Washington, D.C. region.  The exhibit will run from November 12 to December 17, 2015 at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery, 702 8th St NW, Washington, DC.  for more information, contact Jocelyn Hunter, 202-454-6422 or

Smithsonian commemorates ADA

Through December 17, the Smithsonian American History Museum is hosting an exhibit commemorating the 25th anniversary of the enactment of the Americans With Disabilities Act.  Find more information at

Before you browse this web site, we suggest you review our web site policies.

We thank the following sponsors and all our other supporters for their generosity.

Global MDP Tony in appreciation of his loving wife Virginia
ACLS Certification Class
An online medical training resource for health practitioners.

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Last Update: November 13, 2015

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