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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

Great American Smokeout Nov. 15

The Great American Smokeout is November 15.  Smoking is a risk factor for several eye diseases.  If you smoke, November 15 (or any other day) is a good day to quit.

The Future of Eye Research Oct. 30

Join the Low Vision Center on Tuesday, October 30 from 10:00 am to noon as we learn about vision research progress that could preserve or restore your sight.  The National Eye Institute's internationally-recognized retina researcher, Wai Wong, MD, PhD,will discuss the impact of regenerative medicine, and how he is using it to research sight-saving treatments, and reduce blindness!  Suleiman Alibhai, OD, will talk about new technologies that complement medical research and improve quality of life for all.  This event is hosted by the Leisure World Lions Club in Clubhouse Two, located at 3300 North Leisure World Blvd., Silver Spring, MD.  For more information call LVC at 301-951-4444.

Verbal tours at LOC

Visitors with visual impairments are invited to experience a walking tour of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress.  The Touch History tour is led by a specially trained docent, who uses vivid language to describe the building.   Tours are the second Saturday of the month at 9:30 a.m. and can be scheduled at other times by advance arrangement.  Tours of the Baseball Americana Exhibition are also available by advance arrangement.  To sign up or for more information contact Visitor Services at VSO@loc.gov or 202-707-9779.

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.