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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

POB-sponsored events in November

The November 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/2019/11_2019_YourEyes.pdf.  This issue notes many events coming up in November, including some related to National Diabetes Awareness Month.

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.

Great American Smokeout Nov. 21

Nov. 21, the third Thursday in November, is the annual Great American Smokeout.  If you smoke, this (or any other day) is a good time to stop.  Not only does smoking cause lung cancer and other respiratory diseases, it also contributes to various eye disorders.

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

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.