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Low Vision Center
is to help people with low vision discover the aids and strategies that will help them lead a full, happy, and independent life.
contact us at
4905 Del Ray Avenue, Suite 504
Bethesda, MD 20814
Office hours are by appointment only. Please call for an appointment before coming to the Low Vision Center.
ParkingMetered on-street parking is available in front of our building and on nearby streets. Metered parking is also available in Montgomery County's Bethesda parking garage #36, which has an entrance on Del Ray Avenue just south of the Low Vision Center, on the same side of the street. Parking meters accept quarters at the rate of $1.25 per hour. Note that some spaces are reserved for short term parking, with meters that allow a maximum of one or two hours, depending on the space. Meters on the street (but not in the garage) also accept payment by credit card. Vehicles displaying a valid handicap tag or placard may park free at any metered space for up to double the normal time limit for the space or four hours, whichever is less. There are reserved handicap parking spaces on the lowest level of the garage, just inside the Del Ray Avenue entrance.
The Low Vision Center is about seven blocks (a little over a half mile) from the Bethesda Station on the Metrorail red line. From the Metrorail station, you can either walk or take the free Bethesda Circulator bus.
To walk from the Bethesda Metrorail station, after exiting through the fare gate, go up both escalators and cross Old Georgetown Road at the traffic signal, ahead and a little to the right of the top of the escalator. Continue two blocks north on Wisconsin Avenue to Norfolk Avenue. Turn left on Norfolk Avenue and walk five short blocks west to Del Ray Avenue. Cross Del Ray Avenue, turn left, and go a short distance south to number 4905. The address is on the mat in front of the door. The number "4905" is also on the wall above the doorway arch.
To take the Bethesda Circulator bus, after exiting through the Metrorail fare gate, go up the first (long) escalator then walk to the left of the fountain beside the street level escalator and follow the pavement as it turns left along the far side of the bus stop area. The Circulator bus stop is the only bus stop on this lane. It has a Bethesda Circulator sign on a pole at the head of the bus stop and another painted on a concrete pillar near the back of the bus stop. The Circulator is usually a medium sized red bus that says "free" in big letters on the side. A bus departs about once every ten minutes.
After leaving the Metrorail station, The bus will turn left on Old Georgetown Road. After the bus crosses Cordell Avenue (after six blocks), alight at the next stop (between Cordell Avenue and Del Ray Avenue). The Benson Animal Hospital, a two-story light tan building set slightly back from the sidewalk, is on the corner of Old Georgetown Road and Cordell Avenue, on your right just after the bus crosses Cordell Avenue. The bus stop is just past the animal hospital. A bench by the bus stop has a backrest in the form of a brown Bassett hound lying down with its head up. After alighting from the bus, continue walking along Old Georgetown Road in the direction the bus was going to the next corner, Del Ray Avenue. Cross Del Ray Avenue and turn right (north). Continue north along Del Ray Avenue past the County parking garage to 4905 Del Ray Avenue on your left, between the barber shop and the oriental rug store. The address is on the mat in front of the door. The number "4905" is also on the wall above the doorway arch.
To return to the Metrorail station after your visit to the Low VisionCenter, board the Circulator bus at the same stop where you alighted, going in the same direction as the bus on which you arrived. The Circulator bus makes a loop and will eventually return you to the Bethesda Metrorail station.
When you arrive at our building:
Enter the front door and find the elevators, on your right near the back of the lobby. Take the elevator to the fifth (top) floor. Turn right when leaving the elevator and walk a short distance to suite 504, the third door on your left. If you have an appointment, come right in!
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