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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, Eschenbach, and Schweitzer 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

Tours at Smithsonian American Art Museum

The National Gallery of Art is not the only Washington museum to offer guided tours specifically designed for the visually impaired.  Follow this link for information about tours at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Verbal Tours of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

June 27, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
July 2, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Verbal and tactile tours of the folklife festival are free of charge.  Available all days of the festival are large print schedules and menus.  For more about the festival, visit

LBPH summer reading program starts June 19

Maryland youth, from birth through high school, are encouraged to participate in the LBPH summer reading program.  It's easy, and there are great prizes.  Follow this link to the announcement from LBPH.

CLB calendar of events

An extensive calendar of events of interest to the visually impaired is available on the web site of Columbia LIghthouse for the Blind at  The calendar is not limited to events sponsored by CLB.

POB June newsletter, upcoming events

The June issue of Your Eyes Today, the newsletter of the Macular Degeneration Network of the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington, can now be viewed on-line at  The calendar of events in this issue lists many programs in the coming months, including two national conventions this summer.  There are also tips for selecting sunglasses.  Check it out!

Free lifetime National Parks pass

If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident with a permanent disability, you are qualified for a pass which allows free access to all national parks.  See

"That All May Read"

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The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, part of the Library of Congress, provides Braille and audio books and magazines free to visually impaired U. S. citizens.  If you're not already familiar with this wonderful service, find out more at

Upcoming BISM events

  • Weekly training in SAIL program (Seniors Achieving Independent Living) available at No Charge.

  • POSSIBILITIES FAIR for Seniors Losing Vision, Thursday, August 20, 2015.

For more information, visit

NFB BELL summer Braille enrichment for children

It's not too soon to apply for this summer's BVELL program.  If your child is age 4-12, is visually impaired or blind, and could benefit from Braille enrichment this summer, look at the two-week BELL program (July 27 to August 7).  Find more information at

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.

Venus Factor Tony in appreciation of his loving wife Virginia
ACLS Certification Class
An online medical training resource for health practitioners.

Please note that by accepting a donation LVC is not necessarily endorsing the donor.
Learn how you can support LVC by sponsoring this web page.

Last Update: July 1, 2015

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