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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

Research study of very low vision

If your vision is extremely limited -- not much more than the ability to tell from what direction the light is coming -- researchers at Johns Hopkins would really like to observe what you can or can't see.  For details about this study, please view this fact sheet.

POB-sponsored events in June

The June 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 www.youreyes.org/images/stories/newsletters/2019/06-2019-YourEyes.pdf.  This issue notes many events coming up in June, including an open house at POB's headquarters.

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.

Tongue in cheek -- and other mishaps

The May 18 entry on Jennifer Webster's blog talks about using your tongue for delicate tactile perception -- and what can go wrong if you're not careful.  Read this short article at GoingBlindWithInsight.wordpress.com/2019/05/18/tongue-in-cheek-and-other-mishaps/.

Sailing blind

A few months ago the Pacific Standard published an article about a U. S. team competing in the world championship of blind sailing.  To read this interesting article, visit psmag.com/social-justice/sailing-blind.

Low Vision Devices for Macular Degeneration

In June 2018 the Southwestern Eye Center (a chain of eye doctors in Arizona and New Mexico) created a blog post summarizing a number of types of devices available to help with low vision.  The article is well written and briefly describes a wide range of devices.  To read the article, visit www.sweye.com/blog/retina/low-vision-devices-for-macular-degeneration/

Learning Ally College Success Program

The College Success Program (CSP) from Learning Ally offers blind and visually impaired college students access to mentors, a Facebook group, and in-person and virtual community events including a weekly "office hours" Q&A session.  For more information about the CSP, visit learningally.org/CollegeSuccess.  There is no charge to join the program.

Hadley 2019 New Venture competition

Have you always dreamed of starting your own business?  Hadley can help!  Submit your business plan by June 15 and you may win up to $30,000 to bring your dream to life.  For more information, visit www.hadley.edu/FCE-NVC.asp