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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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Conditions We Treat
See what conditions we treat through visual-function testing, evaluation and rehabilitation.
Meet the team that optimizes vision in patients with visual impairment.
Learn about our one-year clinical Lions Low Vision Fellowship.
Access the Lions low vision rehabilitation service patient intake form.
Hear what our patients have to say about the Lions low vision rehabilitation services.
Explore resources related to low vision and vision rehabilitation services.
Why Choose Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute
On the Front Lines of Low Vision
Wilmer researcher Bonnielin Swenor, who is living with macular degeneration, a sight-robbing condition, has no time to waste in her efforts to advance research in low vision and aging.
Engaged in Pioneering Low Vision and Vision Rehabilitation Research
All of our clinical faculty, in addition to cross-disciplinary faculty, conduct research relating to low vision, aging, visual disability and vision rehabilitation. The Lions Vision Research and Rehabilitation Center was founded by Robert Massof, M.D., who established an innovative and pioneering approach to low vision and low vision research. Over twenty-five years ago, Massof helped develop the first head-mounted video low vision enhancement system (LVES), which enhanced and compensated for low vision. Just recently, a new, technology-enhanced system was released.
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Committed to Expert, Patient-Centered Care | Who We Are
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 Chief | Meet Judith Goldstein, O.D.
Dr. Judith 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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