POB delivers free vision support services and resource navigation to assist individuals with age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and other eye conditions, to maintain their independence.
Our Resource Navigators provide personal guidance as clients move through their vision journey. Some of these specialists have professional experience in vision and eye care; others may have personally faced vision challenges and wish to help others in similar situations.
You can connect with the Low Vision Resource Center over the phone or in person.
Contact our Information & Resource Hotline to speak directly with a Resource Navigator. He or she can help you make an appointment, direct you to local resources, tell you more about specific visual aid technologies, and answer any questions you may have about your vision journey. Call (301) 951-4444.
Visit the Low Vision Resource Center. Meet with our Resource Navigators in person to receive expert advice, learn about available resources, and try out different visual aid technologies.
4948 St. Elmo Avenue, Suite 209, Bethesda, MD 20814
Monday – Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Do I need to make an appointment? Is a referral from my doctor needed?
You never need an appointment or referral to receive information from our Information and Resource Hotline (301-951-4444). Visits to the Low Vision Resource Center are available by appointment only but do not require a referral from a doctor.
Can I purchase magnifiers and other devices here?
POB’s Low Vision Resource Center does not sell magnifiers or high-tech gadgets. We do have many of the gadgets and magnifiers here for you to try and learn about. We can connect you with vendors who sell these devices, but encourage you to work with a doctor specializing in low vision (such as an optometrist or ophthalmologist) before making these purchases. This can save you thousands of dollars over time by ensuring you get the technology that will be most effective for you, for the lowest cost.
What about low-tech options like large print, writing guides, and talking products?
The Low Vision Resource Center can help you purchase these low-tech options. You can either buy through us (with a small service charge), or we can direct you to vendor websites where you can purchase these items yourself. These items are available in our Center for you to try first and see how they work for you.
Can I schedule an eye exam or low vision exam at the Low Vision Resource Center?
The Low Vision Resource Center does not provide eye exams. Low vision exams are offered through the Low Vision Rehabilitation program.
For more information, contact:
Low Vision Resource Center