Welcome to The Low Vision Council Website
What is Low Vision ?
The purpose of the Low Vision Council is to provide information on Low Vision Rehabilitation which includes the eye exam, and low vision equipment such as filters, glasses, and bioptics. Also the LVC provides information on the latest in technologies and can recommend where to obtain other services, financial assistance or equipment loaner programs.
Low vision is impaired vision that cannot be fully restored by conventional glasses, contact lenses, medical treatment, or surgery. Low vision is not total blindness. People with low vision have potentially useful vision. Over 4 million Americans have low vision. Sixty-eight percent of these people are over the age of 65. Six percent of people age 65 to 74 have low vision, 12 percent of those age 75 to 84, and 21 percent of those over age 85. Most people with low vision can become more visually independent if they make a commitment to learn how to use low vision aids and devices, as well as learn new methods to perform everyday tasks.
Low Vision Council Mission
The Mission of the Low Vision Council is to remove the barrier of accurate information for Low Vision Rehabilitation in Orange County, California. America is the richest country on earth and in America today children are losing their eyesight due to malnutrition and lack of proper eye care. Thousands of homeless children in Orange County California live in parks, cars and low priced motels. For the parents of these children the daily struggle for food is an overwhelming task that usually ends in defeat. Hundreds of these children suffer from low vision and remain untreated due to their financial condition. Many seniors are not able to read their mail, recipes, or the daily newspaper. A simple device such as a CCTV can make it possible for seniors to do these tasks again. Unfortunately, the cost (between $3,000 to $4,000) makes this technology out of reach for most on a fixed income. For many, even the examination or simple glasses is not affordable. The Low Vision Council's goal is to provide information on financial assistance for those in need of examinations, devices and specialized technologies. Please join the LVC, become a “Friend of the LVC” or a “Corporate Friend of the LVC” and help us help those in need.