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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, and Eschenbach 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

In memoriam, Soo-Z Stein

It is with great sadness that we say our farewell to our long-time Board member and dear friend, Soo-z (Mary Sue) Stein.  Soo-z, who suffered from Macular Degeneration since her 20s, was our mentor, supporter, and co-founder.  She will be greatly missed.  Even in death Soo-z continues to assist others by requesting memorial donations be made to the Low Vision Center.  We give thanks for the life and generosity of our dearly loved Soo-z!

Active Aging With Less Sight - May 7

What" Presentation: "Active Aging With Less Sight - The Truth About Low Vision"
When: Monday, May 7
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Where: Activity Center
Bohrer Park
at Summit Hall Farm
Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Learn from Suleiman Alibhai, O.D., director of low vision services, Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington, about the new standard of care for all people with vision loss that cannot be corrected by corrective lenses, medicine, or surgery.  For more information, contact (301) 348-3760.  This event is sponsored by the Bender Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, Montgomery County Aging and Disability Resource Unit, and the City of Gaithersburg.

POB-sponsored events in April

The April issue of Your Eyes Today, the newsletter of the Aging Eye and Macular Degeneration Network of the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington (POB), can now be downloaded from http://www.youreyes.org/images/stories/newsletters/2018/YourEyes042018.pdf.  This issue notes many events coming up in April.  It also includes a compendium of resources about accessible public transportation in our area..

To subscribe to this newsletter on-line, visit http://www.youreyes.org/modify-your-subscription.

To view POB's calendar of coming events as a web page, visit http://youreyes.org/events/eventlist.

Volunteer transcribers wanted

NFB invites volunteers to join an ongoing project to transcribe handwritten and other documents from the Helen Keller archive into digital text, making them more accessible to the visually impaired.  This is work you can do from home if you have a computer with an Internet connection.  Find out more at https://www.idealist.org/en/volunter-opportunity/0ea6d590527b4114a92ea622b72575bd-transcription-volunteers-for-the-helen-keller-archive-transcribe-typewritten-handwritten-and-braille-materials-american-foundation-for-the-blind-inc-arlington?.

Amazon.com accessibility

We thank the producers of Eyes On Success for bringing this to our attention.

If you shop at Amazon.com or if you use Amazon hardware products such as Fire, Kindle, or Echo, you may find helpful tips for those with low vision on the Amazon accessibility page at


If you shop at Amazon.com, don't forget to start each shopping trip at smile.amazon.com so that a portion of your purchase cost will be donated automatically to the charity of your choice.  (We hope you will choose LVC as your designated Amazon charity.)

Register now for Camp Lighthouse

Registration is open for Camp Lighthouse.  This year, camp will take place from Monday, June 25th to Friday, June 29th, 9 am to 3 pm each day.  In this week-long program, children ages 6 to 12, who are blind or visually impaired, enjoy the total summer camp experience.  At the Silver Spring YMCA, they participate in a variety of activities such as games, swimming, painting, science experiments, and playground time.

Teens ages 13 to15 who are blind or visually impaired can also participate in Camp Lighthouse as Counselors in Training (CIT).  CITs can earn Service Learning hours.

For registration, please contact Patti Lyman at plyman@clb.org.

Exhibition by visually impaired artists March 14-June 23

CLB's annual exhibition of art by artists experiencing vision loss will begin with a free opening-night reception the evening of Wednesday, March 14, and will be on display through Saturday, June 23.  Find more details on the CLB web site at http://www.clb.org/calendar/art-exhibition/

More Vision Enrichment Workshops scheduled

In September 2017, the Low Vision Center began presenting the new Vision Enrichment Workshop at Montgomery County Senior Centers.  The workshop covers lighting, contrast, magnification, household aids, and resources and answers questions attendees may have regarding vision.  The remaining sessions include for more information, contact your nearest senior center directly or call the Low vision Center at 301-951-4444.

These workshops are supported by a generous grant from the Montgomery County government.

If you are interested in the Low Vision center making a presentation to your group, please call us at 301-951-4444 to discuss possibilities.

Apply for AFB scholarships by April 15, 2018

The American foundation for the blind administers several academic scholarships in specific fields of study.  Applications for the 2018-2019 academic year must be received by April 15, 2018.  Find details on the AFB web site at https://www.afb.org/info/afb-2018-scholarship-application/5.

Annual CLB golf and dinner classic May 14

The 6th Annual Shot in the Dark Golf and Dinner Classic in support of Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind will take place on Monday, May 14th, 2018.  To learn more about this event or to get involved, please contact Cathy Miller at cmiller@clb.org.

Have you tried the SeeingAI app?

"Seeing AI" is a free iPhone/iPad app produced by an ongoing research project at Microsoft.  Its features reportedly include OCr and text-to-speech, face recognition, and product barcode reading.  An introductory video and a link to download the app are on the Microsoft web site at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/seeing-ai/.

If you've used this app, we'd like to know what you think of it.  Send us an e-mail and tell us your impressions.  Or, if you prefer, leave a review on the Apple iTunes web site.

We're tweaking our web site

LVC is gradually making some behind-the-scenes changes to our web site.  We're introducing the use of cascading style sheets (CSS) to bring our site into conformance with HTML version 5, and we're adding a few ARIA tags for the benefit of screen reader software.  Most visitors to this site shouldn't notice any difference, but if we accidentally break something, please let us know.