Welcome to our Low Vision Clinic

The Low Vision Clinic of the Society for the Blind is one of the longest-running community-based eye clinics in the Sacramento Region. The clinic was established in 1975 by a group of volunteers who saw a need to provide eye healthcare and training in low vision devices.

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Today, as a nonprofit low vision clinic, we are one of the most comprehensive providers of low vision services in Northern California caring for patients in 26 counties. We are dedicated to enabling people with low vision to use their remaining vision to its fullest potential.

Our Optometrists, who are specially trained in low vision eye care, are here to provide a continuum of care alongside your primary Optometrist or Ophthalmologist. Our team will evaluate your particular needs and provide you with demonstrations and recommendations for various assistive devices to better meet the demands of day-to-day living.

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Our clinic is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, generously donated by VSP Global, and created specifically for the specialized low vision exam. We carry the most expansive collection of the latest in assistive technology, sometimes called “aids and appliances”, such as portable electronic magnifiers, special lighting, closed-circuit televisions (CCTVs) and other optical tools, that will best suit your needs in the home or on the job.

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For a low vision aid demonstration by our Low Vision Optician, please call (916) 452-8271 ext. 505 or email us at LVClinic@societyfortheblind.org.

We also carry a variety of specialty low vision lenses and contact lenses with a wide selection of modern frames. Working with our Low Vision Optometrist and our Low Vision Optician, we will find the glasses that fit your low vision needs.

Who Can Benefit From Our Low Vision Services

People with low vision have conditions that affect their useful vision that cannot be restored by conventional glasses, contact lenses, medical treatment or surgery.

Some of the leading causes of low vision are Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma, Cataracts, Diabetic Retinopathy, Retinitis Pigmentosa, Retinal Detachment, and Stroke. If you’ve been diagnosed with a low vision condition or know someone experiencing changes in their vision, we can help!

Please contact us to learn more or to schedule your Low Vision Evaluation today. Or, simply call (916) 452-8271 ext. 505.

Low Vision Evaluations are available at our clinic at 1238 S Street in midtown Sacramento, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

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The Low Vision Clinic at Society for the Blind accepts patients from the Department of Rehabilitation and patients insured by Medicare, as well as many private insurance companies. Learn more about our billing policies.

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On The Cutting Edge – Implantable Macular Telescope

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Society for the Blind is proud to be part of one of the only teams in the nation to provide a cutting edge treatment option for End-State AMD. In partnership with the UC Davis Eye Center and CentraSight, we offer the new FDA-approved Implantable Miniature Telescope (IMT).

End-stage, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of irreversible vision loss and legal blindness in people over the age of 65. A new FDA-approved treatment programs uses a tiny telescope, which is implanted inside the eye to improve vision and quality of life for individuals affected by End-Stage AMD. The telescope is about the size of a pea and is surgically placed inside one eye. The implanted eye provides central vision while the other eye provides peripheral vision.

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Am I a Candidate?

In general, to be considered a potential candidate for the telescope implant an ophthalmologist must first confirm that you:

  • Have irreversible, End-Stage AMD resulting from either dry or wet AMD
  • Are no longer a candidate for drug treatment of your AMD
  • Have not had cataract surgery in the eye in which the telescope will be implanted
  • Meet age, vision, and cornea health requirements

After the ophthalmologist confirms that you are a potential candidate, your vision will be tested using an external telescope simulator. The results of the test and visual training/rehabilitation evaluation visits will help you and your ophthalmologist decide if you are likely to benefit from the CentraSight treatment program. If so, the tests will also help you and your ophthalmologist discuss which eye should be treated and what your vision may be like after the treatment.

Learn more at CentraSight.com or call us today at (877) 997-4448 to see if this procedure is right for you!

an image of Virgina Bane wearing a black cardigan with a large yellow flower on it smiling for the cameraRead about Virginia Bane’s experience with the Implantable Macular Telescope.