Our Community Low Vision Centers offer compassionate and individualized attention and care to persons with all levels of
low vision. Throughout our range of comprehensive low vision rehabilitation services, our goal remains to help you maintain
and regain your independence. We are actively improving the lives of persons who are visually impaired by providing low vision
evaluations, assistive technologies and service programs.
LOW VISION EXAMS AND SERVICES
At the Community Low Vision Center, we work with patients who have experienced vision loss due to macular degeneration,
glaucoma, diabetes, stroke, retinitis pigmentosa, ocular albinism, optic neuropathy and various other conditions. Visual impairments
that we encounter and treat in our patients range from loss of central or peripheral vision and problems with glare and light sensitivity
to distortion of missing areas in vision or generalized blur.
Our specialized services include:
- Examinations by highly-trained low vision doctors
- Hands-on training in the latest adaptive technologies, including Focus on Literacy and other programs designed specifically for children
- Arts Inclusion, a program of hands-on instruction in various media
- On-site retail stores selling lamps, talking watches, video magnifiers and other low-vision products
- Training opportunities for upward career mobility
- Lending libraries containing audio descriptive videos and Braille, large print and audio books
- Coordination of care for our patients with school services and eye care providers
- Computer learning laboratories with Braille and technology training
- Instruction on completing practical skills with a visual impairment
Focus On Literacy
At IFB’s Low Vision Centers, we provide the most effective adaptive technology for school-aged children in North Carolina who
are visually impaired. By doing so, we solve what is often a significant obstacle for parents who are unable to access school
equipment for home use. Through our Focus on Literacy program, specialized equipment is placed in the child’s home for unlimited
access outside of the classroom. This life-changing program offers children who are visually impaired the chance to read for pleasure,
complete assignments and perform many other tasks that the average child may take for granted. Through contributions from our donor
community, A Brighter Path Foundation is making dreams become reality for many children and their families.
A Brighter Path Foundation maximizes adaptive technologies to expand opportunities for use at work and home for IFB employees as well
as non-affiliated members of the community. Such technologies aid in various arenas of life, from completing tasks around the house to
using a cell phone or computer. Our low vision offerings are unsurpassed in that we provide state-of-the-art technology and training free
An example of the efficacy of low vision technologies can be found in IFB’s own textile department. Specialized pieces of high-tech
equipment and individual training have made it possible for our employees who are blind to produce a variety of textile products,
holding jobs which were once only available to sighted people.
RECYCLE FOR SIGHT
IFB”s Community Low Vision Centers are proud to refurbish and redistribute donated magnifiers and eyeglasses free of charge to
individuals who are visually impaired. Supported through partnership with the North Carolina Lions’ Foundation, this program is
a sustainable and eco-friendly way to help countless people.
How you can help:
Please leave eyeglasses that you no longer use in the marked Lions’ receptacles found in many North Carolina optical centers or
bring them by one of our Community Low Vision Centers. Magnifiers and other optical aids are also accepted.