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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

Amazon.com accessibility

We thank the producers of Eyes On Success for bringing this to our attention.

If you shop at Amazon.com or if you use Amazon hardware products such as Fire, Kindle, or Echo, you may find helpful tips for those with low vision on the Amazon accessibility page at


If you shop at Amazon.com, don't forget to start each shopping trip at smile.amazon.com so that a portion of your purchase cost will be donated automatically to the charity of your choice.  (We hope you will choose LVC as your designated Amazon charity.)

Accessibility User Research Collective

We thank AFB for this information.

The Accessibility User Research Collective (AURC) is a U.S.-based national community of people with all types of disabilities interested in helping make Microsoft technology more accessible and usable.  Find out more and/or sign up at https://accessibilityuserresearchcollective.org/ and at https://redcap.shepherd.org/surveys/index.php?s=HM7EMW7LJ9

The 20-20-20 rule for computer users

We thank the Prevention of Blindness Society for this tip.

If you use your eyes to view a computer screen, practice the 20-20-20 rule to help avoid eyestrain.  At least every 20 minutes, look at something at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

POB-sponsored events in March

The March 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 http://www.youreyes.org/images/stories/newsletters/2018/YourEyes_032018.pdf.  This issue notes many events coming up in March (and some in April).  It also includes information on dealing with dry eyes, how to stay comfortable in front of a computer screen, and how to get large print tax forms and other help from the IRS.

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.

Research improves understanding of dry AMD

We thank LBPH for alerting us to this information.

Research published in late 2017 identifies an enzyme that may play a key role in the progression of dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD).  This new understanding could help in the search for a treatment for this currently untreatable condition.  Read more details on the AARP web site at https://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-2017/macular-degeneration-causes-fd.html or (for those with a strong technical background in biochemistry) at the author's web site at https://med.virginia.edu/faculty/faculty-listing/ja9qr/.

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.

Register now for Camp Lighthouse

Registration is open for Camp Lighthouse.  This year, camp will take place from Monday, June 25th to Friday, June 29th, 9 am to 3 pm each day.  In this week-long program, children ages 6 to 12, who are blind or visually impaired, enjoy the total summer camp experience.  At the Silver Spring YMCA, they participate in a variety of activities such as games, swimming, painting, science experiments, and playground time.

Teens ages 13 to15 who are blind or visually impaired can also participate in Camp Lighthouse as Counselors in Training (CIT).  CITs can earn Service Learning hours.

For registration, please contact Patti Lyman at plyman@clb.org.

Exhibition by visually impaired artists March 14-June 23

CLB's annual exhibition of art by artists experiencing vision loss will begin with a free opening-night reception the evening of Wednesday, March 14, and will be on display through Saturday, June 23.  Find more details on the CLB web site at http://www.clb.org/calendar/art-exhibition/

Google announces accessibility support team

Google has launched a dedicated disability support team to answer questions about using assistive technology with Google products and accessibility features and functionalities within Google products.  The support team is available through e-mail and only in the English language.  For details, see the announcement on the Google web site at http://www.google.com/accessibility/blog/post/announce-disability-support.html

Free glaucoma screenings March 10-11

As in previous years, the Prevention of blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington will again provide free glaucoma screenings at the 2018 NBC 4 Health & Fitness Expo at the Washington Convention Center March 10-11.  For more information, see http://www.youreyes.org/events/details/480-nbc-health-and-fitness-expo-2018 or https://www.nbcwashington.com/contact-us/community/Save-the-Date-NBC4-Health--Fitness-Expo-March-10-11-2018-466965883.html.

More Vision Enrichment Workshops scheduled

In September 2017, the Low Vision Center began presenting the new Vision Enrichment Workshop at Montgomery County Senior Centers.  The workshop covers lighting, contrast, magnification, household aids, and resources and answers questions attendees may have regarding vision.  The remaining sessions include for more information, contact your nearest senior center directly or call the Low vision Center at 301-951-4444.

These workshops are supported by a generous grant from the Montgomery County government.

If you are interested in the Low Vision center making a presentation to your group, please call us at 301-951-4444 to discuss possibilities.

Apply for AFB scholarships by April 15, 2018

The American foundation for the blind administers several academic scholarships in specific fields of study.  Applications for the 2018-2019 academic year must be received by April 15, 2018.  Find details on the AFB web site at https://www.afb.org/info/afb-2018-scholarship-application/5.

Annual CLB golf and dinner classic May 14

The 6th Annual Shot in the Dark Golf and Dinner Classic in support of Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind will take place on Monday, May 14th, 2018.  To learn more about this event or to get involved, please contact Cathy Miller at cmiller@clb.org.

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.