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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

Used CCTV reading machines for sale

LVC has received more used CCTV reading machines (video magnification systems) and is offering them for sale.  If you think one of these systems would benefit you or someone you know, or if you're just curious and want to try them, check the list on our web site and make an appointment to come give them a try.

Camp Lighthouse June 26-30

CLB's Camp Lighthouse will take place from Monday, June 26th to Friday, June 30th at the Silver Spring YMCA.  Youth with vision loss who are six to twelve years of age are eligible to attend.  New this summer, thirteen to fifteen year olds with vision loss can now serve as counselors in training.  For more information, please contact Patti Lyman at plyman@clb.org.

Exhibition by visually impaired artists opens April 6

Opening Night of "Illuminations and Impressions" Art Exhibition

Date: Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Time: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Location: H-Space Gallery
U St at 9-1/2 St
(1932 9th St NW, rear)
Washington DC 20001

  • Donations are appreciated
  • Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served
  • Speaker program begins at 6:30 PM

Contact Jocelyn Hunter at jhunter@clb.org to RSVP or for more information.  Access the event on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/183314178837543/.

World Glaucoma Week March 12-18

Although the early stages of glaucoma may have no symptoms, the condition can cause irreversible blindness if not detected and treated in time.  Find some basic information about glaucoma in this brief article on the AFB web site:


Spotlight Gateway app for accessing Bookshare

Spotlight Gateway is an iPad app specifically designed to help students with low vision access and use digital materials from Bookshare.  It's free for students of any age who have been certified as having low vision.  Find out more at http://www.lighthouseguild.org/spotlightgateway/.

Eye Myth or Fact?

Our thanks to the Prevention of Blindness society for this item.

Using raw steak on a "black eye" is an urban myth! According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, "There is no scientific basis to use raw steak to treat a black eye and bacteria in raw meat poses a high risk of infection." For more information, visit: www.aao.org/eye-health.

POB-sponsored events in March

The March issue of Your Eyes Today, the newsletter of the 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/2017/YourEyes_March_2017.pdf.  This issue has information about accessible tax forms, besides noting numerous events in March, including a presentation March 16 in Friendship Heights on the new standard of care for low vision being promoted by the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

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.

CLB golf and dinner classic May 17

On Wednesday, May 17, 2017, Columbia Lighthouse will host their 5th annual Shot in the Dark Golf and Dinner classic fundraiser at the Woodmont Country Club in Rockville.  For more information, please visit www.clb.org.

Apply now for NFB BELL summer academy

The NFB Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (BELL) Academy prepares blind and low vision children, ages four through twelve, to grow into confident and independent blind people who will live the lives they want.  For more information about this summer program and to apply, visit the NFB web site at nfb.org/bell-academy.

Just for fun

Spoonbill Software has released the next in their series of computer games for blind gamers.  BG Twenty 20 Cricket is a simple simulation of a game of Twenty 20 cricket made accessible especially for blind and vision impaired players.  It comes ready to play; just choose two teams and get playing.  Once you have played a few games you might want to create your own teams, or edit an existing team to change batting order, batting strength, bowling style and strength.  You can do all this with the built-in Team Builder.

To download BG Twenty 20 Cricket or other free computer games for the blind and visually impaired directly from the Spoonbill software web site, visit www.spoonbillsoftware.com.au.

Apply for AFB scholarships before April 1

The American Foundation for the Blind administers certain specialized scholarships.  For the 2017-2018 academic year, the available scholarships are:

The Rudolph Dillman Memorial Scholarship: Four scholarships of $2,500 each to undergraduates or graduates who are studying full-time in the field of rehabilitation or education of persons who are blind and/or visually impaired.

The Paul and Ellen Ruckes Scholarship: Two scholarships of $2,000 each to a full-time undergraduate or graduate student in the field of engineering or in computer, physical, or life sciences.

The R.L. Gillette, Gladys C. Anderson, and Karen D. Carsel Memorial Scholarship: One scholarship of $3,500 given to a female undergraduate student studying music.

The application period for the 2017-2018 academic year starts on December 15, 2016 and runs through April 1, 2017.  For more information, view the AFB web site at https://www.afb.org/info/afb-2017-scholarship-application/5

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.

Exodus International Tony in appreciation of his loving wife Virginia

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Last Update: March 23, 2017

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