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Lions Low Vision and Vision Rehabilitation Center

Low vision refers to vision impairment that cannot be corrected with glasses, contacts, medication or surgery. Typically, this loss of vision is caused by age-related eye conditions such as glaucoma, macular degeneration or diabetic eye disease. These conditions may lead to a loss of central or side vision, and sometimes the vision loss can be mild, but just enough to affect a person’s ability to participate in daily activities, such as reading, watching television, walking safely and driving.

Low vision rehabilitation specialists use a combination of lenses, lighting, magnification devices, and non-optical aids to maximize a person’s ability to participate in those daily activities. Although vision rehabilitation is not a substitute for any medical care you may be receiving for your eyes, it will serve to make the most of the visual function. Vision rehabilitation services at Wilmer are made possible, in part, through the generosity of the Lions Clubs of Maryland, Delaware, the District Columbia and the Lions Vision Research Foundation.

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low vision conditionsConditions We Treat
Our low vision experts treat those with vision impairment through detailed visual-function testing, evaluation and rehabilitation.
Dr. Judith GoldsteinOur Experts
Meet the team who will work to optimize vision in patients who have an eye condition or disease that causes visual impairment.
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Learn about our one-year clinical Lions Low Vision fellowship. 
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Patient Information
Access the Lions Low Vision Rehabilitation Service patient intake form.
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Hear what our patients have to say about the Lions Low Vision rehabilitation services.
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Patient Resources
Explore resources related to low vision and vision rehabilitation services.

The Wilmer Eye Institute Difference

Dr. Ashley Deemer

Our Research

Dr. Ashley Deemer and Dr. Robert Massof led a research study that suggests low vision rehabilitation and occupational therapy could decrease the severity of depression that is common in visually impaired patients.

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Our History

The history between Wilmer and the Lions Clubs began in the late 1980s through the encouragement of Dr. Arnall Patz, whose transformative ideas and work saved countless individuals from blindness.

Our Leadership

Meet Judith Goldstein, O.D.

Dr. Judith Goldstein is chief of the Lions Low Vision and Vision Rehabilitation Service at the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute, specializing in evaluation and treatment of patients with irreversible vision loss. Dr. Goldstein was the recipient of the 2017 Humanitarian of the Year Award. Past recipients include: Hellen Keller, Henry Kissinger, Nancy Reagan, Joe Theismann and Arnall Patz.

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