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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

The Blind Poet USA book tour Nov. 13

We thank Columbia Lighthouse for this information.

Join Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind (CLB) and the Low Vision Specialists of MD & VA (LVS) for the Opening Night of their exhibit, Beyond Sight.  This exhibition showcases the creative capabilities of local artists including Aaron Cox, Lawrence Harrison, and Pamela Steed, who are visually impaired.  Additionally, hear live poetry performed by Dave Steele (The Blind Poet), an award-winning blind author of more than 700 poems and songs dealing with the fears and struggles associated with vision loss.  CLB and LVS hope this project will inspire viewers and dismantle the common belief that vision plays a crucial role in the creation of visual art.  For more information and to RSVP, please visit www.eventbrite.com/e/the-blind-poet-usa-book-tour-washington-dc-tickets-71735963197

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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.

Daylight Savings Time ends Nov. 3

Daylight Savings Time ends sunday, November 3, meaning it will be earlier when the sun sets.  Be sure to allow for the earlier darkness when making plans.  Sunset on November 3 will be just after 5 p.m.

POB-sponsored events in October

The October 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/2019/10-2019-YourEyes.pdf.  This issue notes many events coming up in October.

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.

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.

Home design for low vision

We thank OE Patients for bringing this item to our attention.

Interior designer Nate Berkus provides the "My Home In Sight" kit with general principles and specific suggestions for making your home friendlier to those with low vision.  Although the kit is aimed at those with wet AMD, it has broad applicability to other forms of low vision.  For details, visit www.myhomeinsightkit.com.

Aira is now free for brief calls

We thank Eyes on Success for bringing this item to our attention.

Aira is a smartphone app that lets you make a video call to a trained human agent who can tell you about what your phone's camera is seeing.  The service is usually based on a monthly subscription fee, but Aira has recently announced that the first five minutes of each call will be free.  This means that even without a monthly subscription plan, you can use Aira for brief calls.  For more information, visit aira.io/aira-is-free.

Lighting The Way gala Oct. 29

Save the Date.  The 2nd annual Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind "Lighting the Way" Gala Will be October 29, 2019.