Resources

These resources can help you find low vision specialists, services and information. Inclusion on this page does not imply endorsement by the National Eye Institute or the National Institutes of Health. 

 

 

Locate a low vision specialist in your area:

American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

The AAO represents ophthalmologists, medical and osteopathic physicians, who provide comprehensive eye care, including medical, surgical and optical care. Their website provides a directory of ophthalmologists in low vision rehabilitation.   www.geteyesmart.org/eyesmart/find/index.cfm 

P.O. Box 7424 San Francisco, CA 94120-7424
(415) 561-8500 
www.aao.org

 

American Optometric Association (AOA) 

The AOA represents doctors of optometry (ODs) who examine, diagnose, treat, and manage diseases, injuries, and disorders of the visual system, the eye, and associated structures as well as identify related systemic conditions affecting the eye. Their website provides a directory of optometrists in vision rehabilitation.   
243 N. Lindbergh Boulevard 
St. Louis, MO 63141 
(800) 365-2219 
(314) 991-4100 
www.aoa.org 

 

These organizations have databases to help you find low vision services in your state or local area: 

 

American Association of the Deaf-Blind 

The American Association of the Deaf-Blind (AADB) is a nonprofit national consumer organization of, by, and for deaf-blind Americans and their supporters. They provide a database (http://www.aadb.org/resources/resources.html) of state and local organizations and agencies serving that help deaf-blind persons achieve their maximum potential through increased independence, productivity, and integration into the community. P.O. Box 2831 
Kensington, MD 20891 
(301) 495-4403 
(301) 495-4402 TTY 
(301) 563-9107 Video Phone 
www.aadb.org 

 

 

National Council of State Agencies for the Blind 

NCSAB members are the state agencies that provide resources and services for the visually impaired. The website provides links to state agencies. 

 www.ncsab.org/director-list.aspx  

 

 

National Library Service for the Blind & Physically Handicapped

Through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS administers a free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail. To find a local library, visit: www.loc.gov/nls/find.html 
Library of Congress 
Washington, DC 20542 
(202) 707-5100 
(202) 707-0744 TDD 
email: nls@loc.gov 
 

VisionAware 

VisionAware helps adults who are losing their sight continue to live full and independent lives by providing timely information, step-by-step daily living techniques, a directory of national and local services, and a supportive online community. The website has “Looking for Help”, a directory of state and local resources. 

 

 

VisionServe Alliance

Represents non-profit organizations in every aspect of services to people who are blind or visually impaired. The website provides a listing of local and state organizations. 
8760 Manchester Road 
St. Louis, MO 63144 
(314) 961-8235 

 

 

For information on low vision and to find additional resources, contact the following national organizations: 

 

American Council of the Blind 

The American Council of the Blind strives to increase the independence, security, equality of opportunity, and quality of life, for all blind and visually-impaired people. 
2200 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 650 
Arlington, VA 22201-3354 
(800) 424-8666 
(202) 467-5081 
email: info@acb.org 

American Foundation for the Blind 

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) expands possibilities for Americans living with vision loss. AFB programs directly address the most pressing needs of people with vision loss and their families. 
2 Penn Plaza, Suite 1102 
New York, NY 10121 
(800) 232-5463 
(212) 502-7600 
email: afbinfo@afb.net 

American Printing House for the Blind 

The American Printing House for the Blind is a nonprofit organization creating educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are visually impaired. 
1839 Frankfort Avenue 
P.O. Box 6085 
Louisville, KY 40206-0085 
(800) 223-1839 
(502) 895-2405 
email: info@aph.org 

Blinded Veterans Association 

The Blinded Veterans Association represents blinded veterans helping blinded veterans. Through their programs, regional groups, resources, and advocacy, they hope to make life better for blinded veterans. All legally blinded veterans are also eligible for BVA’s assistance whether they become blind during or after active duty military service.
477 H Street, NW 
Washington, DC 20001 
(202) 371-8880 
email: bva@bva.org 
 

Choice Magazine Listening 

Choice Magazine Listening is a nonprofit organization that provides audio recordings of memorable articles, stories, interviews, essays and poems from outstanding current magazines, completely free of charge, to blind, visually impaired, physically disabled or dyslexic adults. 
85 Channel Drive 
Port Washington, NY 11050 
(888) 724-6423 
(516) 883-8280 

Christian Record Services for the Blind 

Christian Record Services provides free Christian publications and programs for people with visual impairments. 
4444 South 52nd Street 
Lincoln, NE 68516-1302 
(402) 488-0981 

Council of Citizens with Low Vision International 

CCLVI is a membership organization. Their services include providing mechanism through which low vision people can express their individual needs, interests, preferences and educating the general public, professionals, & low vision people themselves as to the potentialities, capabilities, & needs of low vision people.
(800) 733-2258 
 

Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults 

The mission of the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults is to enable each person who is deaf-blind to live and work in his or her community of choice. 
141 Middle Neck Road 
Sands Point, NY 11050 
(516) 944-8900 
(516) 944-8637 TTY 

JBI International 

JBI has provided people of all ages who are blind, visually impaired or reading disabled with books, magazines, and special publications in Braille, Large Print & in Audio format that enable them to maintain their connection to the rich literary & cultural life of the Jewish & broader community. 
110 E. 30th Street 
New York, NY 10016 
(800) 433-1531 
(212) 889-2525 

Learning Ally 

The mission of Learning Ally is to promote personal achievement when access and reading are barriers to learning by advancing the use of accessible and effective educational solutions. 
20 Roszel Road 
Princeton, NJ 08540 
(800) 221–4792 

Lighthouse International 

Lighthouse International, a worldwide resource on vision impairment & rehabilitation, is dedicated to enabling people of all ages to overcome the challenges of vision loss. 
111 East 59th Street 
New York, NY 10022 
(800) 829–0500 
(212) 821–9200 

National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments 

The National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments is a non-profit organization of, by and for parents committed to providing support to the parents of children who have visual impairments. 
P.O. Box 317 
Watertown, MA 02471 
(800) 562-6265 
(617) 972-7441 

National Family Association for Deaf-Blind 

The National Family Association for Deaf-Blind (NFADB) is a nonprofit national organization of families of individuals who are deaf-blind. 
141 Middle Neck Road 
Sands Point, NY 11050 
(800) 255-0411 
email: NFADB@aol.com 

National Federation of the Blind 

The National Federation of the Blind is a source for helping blind & visually impaired people find resources, support, & hope they need to lead productive & fulfilling lives.
200 East Wells Street 
Baltimore, MD 21230 
(410) 659-9314 

National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health 

The National Eye Institute provides a consumer-friendly forum where people can learn important information about low vision and vision rehabilitation, how to help a loved one and resources available. 
31 Center Drive MSC 2510 
Bethesda, MD 20892-2510 
(301) 496-5248 

Prevent Blindness America 

Prevent Blindness America offers free information and personal assistance for people dealing with low vision caused by macular degeneration or other eye diseases.
211 West Wacker Drive, Suite 1700 
Chicago, Illinois 60606 
(800) 331-2020