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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, Eschenbach, and Schweitzer 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

February is AMD month

Now is a good time to learn more about age-related macular degeneration (AMD), one of the leading causes of visual disability in people over age 60 in the developed world.  Here's an article that can help you learn:

Tip for Microsoft Windows users

If you use Microsoft Windows, you might want to know that you can turn on the "Toggle Keys" feature by holding down the Num Lock key for five seconds or more.  When this feature is on, you'll hear a high pitched beep whenever you turn Caps Lock, Num Lock, or Scroll Lock on, and a low pitched beep whenever you turn one of them off.

BISM technology workshop March 18: Reading Options

(Pre-registration required)

WHERE:  LBPH - Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
415 Park Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21201

FOR: Legally blind senior citizens age 55 and over

WHEN: Wednesday, March 18, 2015
WORKSHOP: 10:00 am to 2:30 pm


Demonstrations and hands-on instruction:

Techniques for reading:

  • Books
  • Mail
  • Newspapers

PLUS, Downloading books, magazines, lectures, and more

Lite Luncheon provided with KNFB Reader App Demo

Resource Packet for Every Participant!

TO APPLY or for information, please contact:

Proudly Sponsored by: Blind Industries and Services of Maryland With funding and support from MSDE-DORS/OBVS

More upcoming BISM events

  • Weekly training in SAIL program (Seniors Achieving Independent Living) available at No-Charge.

  • BISM SILVER Senior Retreat, June 9 through June 12, 2015.

  • POSSIBILITIES FAIR for Seniors Losing Vision, Thursday, August 20, 2015.

For more information, visit

"Be My Eyes" iPhone app

A new app for the Apple iPhone allows a visually impaired person to ask for immediate help with small tasks from a network of volunteers by way of a video chat session.  (New volunteers and donors are also welcome.)  For details, visit the web site at

POB newsletter, upcoming events

The February issue of Your Eyes Today, the newsletter of the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington, can now be viewed on-line at  Along with other interesting articles, this issue includes a calendar of events listing many programs in the coming months.  Check it out!

In case of bad weather

If Montgomery County Public Schools are closed due to a weather emergency, the Low Vision Center will also be closed.  If at any time weather conditions make it imprudent for you to keep a scheduled appointment, please call to let us know and to reschedule.

Braille Tales - Free Braille Books for Children

If you need Braille books for your child, join the American Printing House for the Blind's free Braille Tales program.  If you have a child under 6 years old who meets the definition of blindness this program is for you!  Every other month your child receives a brand new Braille book to keep, until they turn 6 years old.  For an application form and full information please visit and take advantage of this free program.

Before you browse this web site, we suggest you review our web site policies.

We thank the following sponsors and all our other supporters for their generosity.

Venus Factor Tony in appreciation of his loving wife Virginia
ACLS Certification Class
An online medical training resource for health practitioners.

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Last Update: Feb. 18, 2015

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