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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

CLB gala dinner Dec. 5

On Dec. 5, the Embassy of France will host the Lighting the Way gala to raise money for Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind.  For more information, contact Columbia Lighthouse.

Use the Internet safely

If you're reading this, you obviously use the Internet.  Using the Internet can be valuable, convenient, and entertaining.  With over a billion people able to access the Internet, though, some of them are bound to be stinkers.  The more you know about their tricks and how to avoid them, the better.  The web site


has a lot of information about staying safe on the Internet.  Try browsing the site from time to time.  (There's far too much to absorb in only one visit.)  If you're new to the Internet and feeling slightly intimidated, you might like the Senior's guide to Online Safety, even if you're not a senior.  Or you might like to browse the Tips and Advice section.

This web site is not specifically addressed to those with low vision.  If you have trouble navigating the site, ask a friend with normal eyesight to help.  Your friend might benefit from the information as much as you do.

Giving Tuesday Nov. 27

After Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday comes Giving Tuesday.  Tuesday, Nov. 27 (or any other day) would be a good time to support LVC with your donation and help us continue to provide our free services.

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.

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.