Low vision
Low Vision Initiative & Lions District 24A
Low Vision Cnter Opens in Alexandria, VA (Read Article)
In 2010, the VLEI created partnerships with the Prevention of Blindness Society of the Metropolitan Washington D.C area (POBS) and the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI) to promote the rehabilitation of visually impaired individuals through low vision evaluations and the use of low vision aids.

Equipment to diagnose the severity of blind spots (scotoma) in macular degeneration has been provided to the newly established Low Vision Learning Center of the POBS in Old Town Alexandria. Additional support in terms of loaner visual aids as well as transportation assistance through taxi vouchers for individuals unable to drive has also been provided to the center. Information about the center and how to make appointments can be obtained from the following links:

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Low Vision Research & Rehab Center video by Dr. Alexis Malkin

The Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired provides vision rehabilitation to visually impaired seniors seeking independence in their own homes, working age sight impaired individuals wanting to work or to return to work and to visually impaired children in the public school system. The state vision rehabilitation program is open to all residents of –Virginia who are referred directly to the offices of DBVI by their eye care providers, disability officers or public school itinerant vision teachers. VLEI has provided a complete diagnostic lane to perform the low vision evaluations as well as a large inventory of visual aids to the DBVI’s Fairfax Regional Office in Northern Virginia. All state certified low vision providers are eligible to use the exam lane to provide low evaluations to individuals with low vision, while the visual aids can be loaned to the state’s clients under the program.  Information about the programs or how to get referred is available by calling 703-359-1100 or through the website: VDBVI Organization

Low Vision Learning Center
Low Vision Examinations
Visual Skills Traning
Occupational Therapy
Low Vision Devices
Low Vision Learning Centers are Located at:
105 S Alfred Street**
4942 St Elmo Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22314
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: 703-652-7803
Phone 301-657-3332
** This location is supported by the Virginia Lions Eye Institute Foundation.  Both locations offer the same professional and caring services.
Suleiman Alibhai, O.D., F.A.A.O.
Phone:  703-652-7803   
Fax:  1-888-896-0177
Revised: July 25, 2017      
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