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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

Teleseminar on Medicare and low vision Oct. 4

A national teleseminar will be held Wednesday, October 4 at 3pm Eastern on the issue of Medicare coverage for low vision aids.  For more information, see the announcement on the AFB web site at http://www.afb.org/community/events/10-4-2017-21st-century-agenda-on-aging-and-vision-loss-national-teleseminar-medicare-coverage-of-low-vision-devices/14.

Tell us about your experience

We at LVC have heard of two services that allow a visually impaired individual to connect via video to a sighted person for help with a task that requires visual acuity.  We're curious how well these services work.  If you've used either of them, please send us an e-mail and tell us what you think of it.

Be My Eyes is an app, currently available only for iPhone and iPad, which can set up a video chat session between a blind or visually impaired person wanting help and the first available sighted volunteer willing to give it.

Aira is a fee-based service that allows a blind or visually impaired person wearing a head-mounted camera linked to a cell phone to contact a trained agent for assistance with tasks needing visual acuity.  Based on the service plan selected, the subscriber is allowed a certain number of minutes of service per month for a fixed monthly fee.

Emergency preparedness

We thank the Blinded Veterans Association for this information.

The effects of Hurricane Harvey along the Gulf coast should remind all of us to review how prepared we are for future emergencies.  The visually impaired may have things to consider in addition to those that affect everyone.  Here are some web sites to help remind you of what you can do now to be prepared in the future.

OrCam demonstrations Sept. 22 and 23

On Friday, Sept. 22 and Saturday, Sept. 23, free demonstrations of the OrCam MyEye device will be given at Envision Technology in Bethesda.  For more information or to RSVP, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/orcam-myeye-demonstration-bethesda-tickets-36981054329.

For students using a screen reader

Blind and visually impaired students who used a screen reader to access an on-line college-level course are invited to take part in a study of the effectiveness of the course design.  For details, please visit https://educttu.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eG10U06gtayoZpz&Q_JFE=0.  If you have more questions, please e-mail mohanna.almohanna@ttu.edu.

POB September newsletter now available

The September 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 http://youreyes.org/images/stories/newsletters/2017/YourEyesSept2017.pdf.  This issue includes reminders of ways to maintain and monitor your eye health and notes many events coming up in September.

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.

Light the Way for CLB October 14

The 7th annual Light The Way fundraiser in support of Columbia Lighthouse will be held the morning of October 14, 2017.  For details, see the CLB web site at http://www.clb.org/calendar/7th-annual-light-the-way/

App Survey for the National Museum of Natural History

We thank Columbia Lighthouse for this information.

The Fossil Halls at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History are undergoing the largest and most complex renovation in the museum's history.  Along with all of the other changes, this will include re-evaluating how the museum uses technology within the exhibits and developing an app to make the space as accessible as possible for visitors who are visually impaired.

The museum is currently at the very beginning stages of the process and they put together a quick survey to gather information from potential visitors who are visually impaired to determine the most beneficial features for such an app.

If you are blind or low vision, please consider taking the following survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5TK2NM7.

For any questions, please contact Samantha Barry at barry@si.edu.

"Touch History" at the Library of Congress

The Visitor Services Office of the Library of Congress would like to invite you to a special "Touch History" tour of the Thomas Jefferson Building.  Touch History is a new tour for visitors who are visually impaired.  The first tour will be on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 8:45am.  To RSVP and for information on other dates please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/touch-history-a-verbal-description-of-the-thomas-jefferson-building-tickets-36492848091.

Eye Run for POB Sept. 17

The annual Eye Run, a 5K race, 2 mile fun run/walk, and other activities in support of the Prevention of Blindness society of Metropolitan Washington, will be held Sunday, September 17.  Find out more on the POB web site at https://eyerunforpob.org/