Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington

Serving Our Community Since 1979

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Welcome to the Low Vision Learning Center

The Low Vision Learning Center is a nonprofit organization that helps people with low vision maintain their independence. We have recently moved to: 4948 Saint Elmo Avenue, Suite 209, Bethesda, MD 20814. We offer information services as well as a demonstration area full of a variety of low vision aids and ideas.

The Low Vision Learning 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.

News and Notes

We've Moved!

As of January 1, 2020, we will be located at: 4948 Saint Elmo Avenue, Suite 209, Bethesda, MD 20814. Our phone number will remain the same. Call us to make an appointment at (301) 951-4444 today!

Newsreel Magazine

Newsreel is a monthly audio magazine "by and for the blind" (and visually impaired).  It comprises mainly short articles submitted by subscribers.  To learn more or to sign up for a 90-day free trial, visit

To hear a half-hour interview with the magazine's editor, visit

iOS 13 Tip: Quickly Activate Reader Mode in Safari

We thank David Goldfield for this tip for our iOS users.

In previous versions of iOS it was fairly easy to activate reader mode while on a supported page in the Safari Web browser.  All that was needed was to navigate to the Reader button, located toward the upper left hand corner below the status line, and, if you are a VoiceOver user, double-tap.  iOS 13 has somewhat changed this procedure as it is now necessary to first activate the Format Options button in order to locate and then activate the reader view.  However, there is a quicker way to activate the reader mode that is almost as fast as it was with iOS 12 and earlier.  Simply double tap and hold the Format Options button.  This will enable the reader view.