Low Vision Evaluations
The Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (MABVI) operates or is partnered with several low vision centers in Massachusetts. At our low vision centers, optometrists provide low vision exams in a clinical setting with adaptive techniques and training taught by an occupational therapist. The low vision exam provides important information about how a person functions in everyday life, and patients learn to maximize their usable vision, often with prescribed optical devices.
Clients are responsible for any co-pays, deductibles, refraction fees and costs of any devices. Read our helpful document What to Expect at a Low Vision Center (PDF).
There are many benefits to visiting a low vision center. First, the low vision exam is highly specialized and eye charts and tools are specifically developed to determine if the client can benefit from optical devices. MABVI also offers an array of other services to help those with low vision. Most importantly, the assessment does not have to end in the clinic, but can be taken into the home to help with activities of daily living. One of our occupational therapists trained in vision rehabilitation can ensure that individuals who have purchased adaptive equipment have the training to use it properly and that their home environment enhances their level of usable vision.
MABVI Vision centers:
Pittsfield: Dr. Charles Mandel sees patients once a month at:
Elder Services of Berkshire County, Inc.
877 South Street, Suite 4E
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Belmont: Dr. Tara Grimm sees patients for low vision evaluations at Bennett Family Eye Care. She customizes a plan, depending on each patients' visual needs, including different low vision devices, contacts, and glasses. She treats patients with impaired vision ranging from mild to severe. For an appointment please call 617-484-1414 and request a low vision exam. Visit our website at http://www.belmontoptometrists.com for more information.
Middleboro: Dr. Richard Jamara sees patients at Boston University Eye Associates, Inc., Southeast Health Center, 511 West Grove Street, Middleboro on Mondays. Appointments may be made by calling the office at 508-947-8868 and indicating it is for a low vision evaluation. For more information, visit http://buea.net/locations/buea-middleboro/.
Salem, MA: Dr. Lyudmila Sutherland sees patients at Eye Center of the North Shore. For an appointment call 978-744-1177 or visit Eyecenternorthshore.com for more information.
Cambridge, Springfield, Wellesley, South Yarmouth: Dr. Jennifer Salvo runs a MABVI-affiliated low vision practice, Metro West Low Vision Center, with locations in Cambridge, Springfield, Wellesley and South Yarmouth. To schedule an appointment, call 508-740-0706. For more information, visit MetroLowVision.com.
Whitinsville: Dr. Jane Orenstein sees patients in her office at 999 Providence Road. Thursday mornings are completely devoted to low vision patients. Other times are also available. Appointments may be made by calling the office at 508-234-6681 and indicating it is for a low vision evaluation. For more information, visit OptometristsWhitinsville.com.
Wellesley, Newton, and Natick: Dr. Arthur MacKay provides consultation to help those who cannot easily define realistic goals of low vision care. This can include understanding the exam, helping with initiating, or repeating any parts of an evaluation that an optometrist, ophthalmologist, or occupational therapist would like reviewed. He currently serves patients in the Wellesley, Newton and Natick areas. For more information call our office at 508-854-0700.
Worcester: MCPHS University School of Optometry offers low vision exams at the Eye and Vision Center located at 10 Lincoln Square. Exams may be conducted by Dr. Toomey-Gitto, Dr. Deliso, Dr. Waldorf or Dr. Frank. Low vision specialties include pediatrics and special populations. For an appointment call 508-373-5830 and ask for a low vision exam. Please visit the MCPHS website for more details.
Boston, Lynn, Brookline, Lawrence, Watertown, and East Bridgewater:
New England Eye provides vision rehabilitation services to individuals with visual impairment, individuals with legal blindness, and individuals with intellectual disabilities at their various locations in Massachusetts.
New England Eye Commonwealth
930 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
Lynn Community Health Center
20 Central Ave, 1st Floor,
Lynn, MA 01901,
Boston Eye Group
1101 Beacon Street, Suite 6,
Brookline, MA 02446,
Boston Eye Group
25 Marston Street, Suite 104,
Lawrence, MA 01841
New England Eye Low Vision Clinic @ Perkins
175 North Beacon St
Watertown, MA 02472
New England Eye Southeastern Massachusetts (a partnership with Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services and Shriver Clinical Services)
450 Pleasant St.
East Bridgewater, MA 02333
New England Eye On-Sight is a mobile eye clinic that travels around the state to provide low vision examination to legally blind consumers in their communities. This service is collaboration with the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind.
For more information, please call the phone numbers listed above or visit the New England Eye website at www.newenglandeye.com.