Hello again to our readers! Many of you
have called and asked for, as well as made
generous donations, to assist LVC in the
production of this EyePower newsletter.
It is quite costly and we are hoping to be able
to send it out and perhaps set it up online
and with social media in the near future,
thus reducing the expense and still providing
you with much needed information. Please
let us know if you are receptive and able to
receive our newsletter online.
IN THIS ISSUE...
Where to start, so much to share with you!
First we begin by telling you that LVC, in
conjunction with our associates from
Technology and Vision Support Services,
will be hosting another Tech
Tuesday on May 3rd here in our offices on
Del Ray Ave. See within
for more details.
Next we offer you valuable information about
area resources such as free audio services,
eyeglass assistance, and LVC presentations.
We hope you will let us know if this information
is helpful to you. Your input keeps us
on our toes!
We offer to you ideas of how you can help
LVC simply by doing your Amazon shopping on
AmazonSmile, designating Low Vision Information
Center as the recipient of your donation.
Also, we remind you that those unused CCTVs
can be helpful in many ways by being donated
Finally, we offer our thanks to the folks who
keep our doors open, our many donors and
especially those foundations and organizations
that provide us with grants to assist us in
our most necessary work. Please remember
LVC in your charitable donations. You
can make a donation to us by check via mail,
credit or debit card on our website
donor-advised funds, legacy gifts, and
Thank you for your support! We are
so happy to be able to provide you
with this current issue of EyePower.
We hope you enjoy!
Mark your calendars for our
upcoming Tech Tuesday event on
May 3rd from 10:00 - 3:00.
be joining our associates from
Envision Technology and Vision
Support Services, both located here
in our building at 4905 Del Ray Ave,
offering the latest devices,
technology, equipment and services
available today that are designed to
help the visually impaired who are
struggling to remain independent.
The event will be held
simultaneously here at our office in
Suite 504 and at the offices of
Envision Technology and Vision
Support in Suite 320. Our last
Technology Tuesday was a huge
success! Come out and explore
what is new in vision support. Look
for the flyer inside of this newsletter
in our local areas.
Free Audio Services
Available to Those with Low
Did you know there are
several FREE audio services
offered to those with low vision?
Listed here are the services LVC
discusses, demonstrates and
provides application assistance for
here at our Center.
Magazine Listening (CML):
Once you are enrolled in the
National Library of Congress
program, and have received their
digital audio player, you will have
access to CML. Choice Magazine
Listening is a free quarterly audio
magazine anthology playable
through the Library of Congress's
(NLS) BARD program. Listen to
twelve hours of the brightest and
best articles, stories, essays and
poems from over 100 of the finest
periodicals. Selected pieces are
wonderfully read by some of
America's top audiobook narrators.
Eligible subscribers can download
back issues (from 2007 on) or
receive digital cartridges via free-matter mailing from the USPS. For
more information call 1-888-724-6423 with any
Metropolitan Washington Ear:
You will receive a pre-tuned radio
where audio programs, read by
volunteers, include current
publications -- national and local
newspapers, magazines, and best-selling books.
special interest information covering
consumer concerns, general and
grocery shopping, home
management, sports, music, the
arts, business, world affairs, health
and aging. Contact the
Metropolitan Washington Ear at
program available to you after you
have registered with NLS Talking
Book Program is Newsline.
Here you will have access to over 300
newspapers and over 40
magazines. For more information
call 1-866-504-7300 or online at
Currency Reader Program:
The Bureau of Engraving and
Printing (BEP) is providing an iBill
Talking Banknote Identifier at no
cost to eligible visually impaired
persons. The compact device
identifies the denomination of the
bill inserted. To request one, you
must mail in an application which is
available at LVC or download from
LVC has a currency
reader available to demonstrate.
For more information or help with
applying for these services, feel free
to call LVC at (301) 951-4444.
For those needing financial assistance
with the purchase of prescription
glasses, there are some agencies
who provide help.
of Blindness Society of
The Eyeglasses for the Needy program
provides thousands of homeless
and low-income persons in the
metropolitan area with new glasses
or repairs broken ones.
This program helps people receive the
eye health care they need at a price
they can afford.
information call (202) 234-1010.
Club Assistance Program:
Lions Clubs provide resources for
individuals who are blind or have
severe vision or hearing loss. A
local Lions club in or near your
community may sponsor a program
that provides assistance for the
purchase of eyeglasses or hearing
aids. To find a club near you visit
or call 301-599-7600.
"Glare" is difficulty seeing in the
presence of bright light such as
direct or reflected sunlight or
artificial light such as fluorescent
lighting. LVC demonstrates Low
Vision Eyewear designed to be
worn alone or over prescription
glasses. Depending on the color
lens chosen, the Fit-Over Eyewear
can help reduce glare, maximize
brightness, provide heightened
contrast in low light conditions, or
improve object definition and clarity.
If wearing the glasses as fit-overs
with prescription glasses it is
important for a proper fit. Make an
appointment with LVC to come
explore the many options and be
fitted for Low Vision Fit-Over
LVC has an extensive Outreach Program
throughout the year visiting many
Senior Living Communities and
Assisted Living Communities. LVC
also participates in community
health fairs and low vision events.
LVC's outreach presents a brief
opening regarding our role in the
community, our services offered
here at our office in Bethesda,
answers questions from the
audience and offers the opportunity
for attendees to view products and
devices on display as well as
hands-on experience exploring
magnifiers and household aids. If
your community has a low vision
population that could benefit from a
presentation by LVC, have the
Activities Coordinator contact us at
301-951-4444 to discuss this
LVC's most well-received presentation this year was "Low
Down on Lighting." Lighting is a key
element in better visual acuity.
Some helpful hints with lighting are:
Provide light throughout the
room along with additional task
lighting near your activity area.
To prevent shadows when
writing, place the lamps on the
opposite side of the hand being
With appropriate shades, cover
bare bulbs of all types to reduce
Even levels of lighting both
inside and out make it easier for
your eyes to adapt preventing
"light blindness." Leave a foyer
light on when entering a dark
house on a sunny day. Keep
rooms evenly lit when moving
around within your home.
In hallways and stairways,
provide generous amounts of
light positioned to shine on
walls, floors, steps, and
railings. LED nightlights with
rotating heads for directional
lighting are helpful.
Outdoor paths and walkways
should be well lit at night.
The Low Vision Center participates in the
AmazonSmile is the same Amazon
you know: same products, same
prices, same service. When you
shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon
donates 0.5% of the purchase price
to the Low Vision Center. To shop
at AmazonSmile simply go to
from the web
browser on your computer or mobile
device. On your first visit to
AmazonSmile you will need to
select Low Vision Information
Center as the charitable
organization to receive donations
from your eligible purchases before
you begin shopping. There will be a
menu in the upper right hand corner
of the Home page where you can
search for "Low Vision Information
Center" to select. AmazonSmile will
remember your charitable selection
as Low Vision Information Center
and every eligible purchase you
make at smile.amazon.com will
result in a donation. Or, you may
want to bookmark the link
which will directly support
LVC every time you shop at
Do you or a loved
one have a CCTV, video magnifier
or reading machine, stashed
somewhere like the basement or
attic that is no longer being used?
You can make a donation to the Low
Vision Center of these machines. It
is our goal to get this used
equipment to other visually impaired
individuals who are in need yet not
able to buy new. As a 501(c)3
nonprofit organization, LVC can
provide you with a letter for your tax
records of this donation. Call us at
301-951-4444 or email us at
with "CCTV" in
the subject line for more
information. Go to our website
to see the list
of the current CCTVs available.
Have you missed our
newsletter? We could not be
mailing this out to you without the
support of several grants and
generous donors including many of
you, our clients. We would
especially like to thank a local
Bethesda Foundation and the
Woman's Club of Chevy Chase
(WCCC) for their generous grants to
LVC. We would like to thank the
wonderful members of the WCCC
for the amazing donation of over 80
pairs of eyeglasses! These glasses
will help people around the world
with no vision correction available to
see thanks to the Lions Club!