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Low Vision Center

Miami Lighthouse and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Collaborate on Vision Rehabilitation services. Click here to view video.


To make an appointment for a low vision assessment or
an in-home consultation, please call 786-362-7479.


What is low vision?

Low vision is a visual impairment – not correctable by standard eyeglasses, contact lenses, medicine, or surgery – that interferes with a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. Low vision can result from a variety of diseases and injuries that affect the eye. Many people with low vision have age related macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma or diabetic retinopathy.

Does low vision affect people’s lives?

People with low vision may experience physical, psychological and economic changes that diminish their quality of life. Without assistance and training individuals may be unaware of or have difficulty using assistive devices designed to compensate for low vision and have problems completing tasks of daily living.

In-home services for individuals with low vision:

Miami Lighthouse offers in-home services by our licensed occupational therapist and a certified low vision therapist for individuals who need to make adjustments and modifications in their home, which may include lighting, tactile markings, assistive devices and other recommendations from referring physicians to increase safety and independence in their home environment.

Do you have difficulty with any of the following?

  • Reading books and newspapers
  • Identifying coins and bills
  • Reading labels
  • Managing medicines
  • Changes in lighting
  • Navigating stairs, steps, curbs
  • Crossing the street
  • Living independently
  • Performing self-care/grooming
  • Using home appliances
  • Locating grocery items
  • Locating and using utensils

Services provided in the home or at Miami Lighthouse:

  • Optical and other low vision aids/equipment
  • Adaptive reading skills
  • Talking Book services
  • Visual skills training
  • Handwriting techniques
  • Lighting recommendations
  • Orientation and mobility training
  • Daily living skills training
  • Home safety recommendations
  • Cooking safety suggestions
  • Organizational skills
  • Adaptive equipment
  • Computer training
  • Support Groups

Specialized Care Provided By:

  • Optometric Physician Specializing in Low Vision
  • License Occupational Therapist
  • Certified Low Vision Therapist
  • Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialists
  • Vision Solutions Center Manager / Licensed dispensing optician

Miami Lighthouse Vision Solutions Center

At our Vision Solutions Center, a whole world of special magnifying devises exists to assist with specific tasks, including bold line markers, hand-held magnifiers, closed-circuit television, read/write systems and miniature spotting scopes. Instructors are available to provide assistance with selection and guidance on how to use one’s vision to its fullest potential. To contact the Vision Solutions Center please call 305-856-9100 or click here.

John Garcia, Licensed Dispensing Optician, Vision Solutions Center Manager.

John Garcia, Licensed Dispensing Optician,
Vision Solutions Center Manager.






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October 7th ribbon cutting celebration new fourth floor Sash A. Spencer Educational Empowerment Center
October 7th ribbon cutting celebration new fourth floor Sash A. Spencer Educational Empowerment Center.
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State of Vision
Sales of the “State of Vision” license plate support services to blind and visually impaired people. Miami Lighthouse is the recipient of a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this license plate. The cost is $25.00 in addition to the regular registration fee.











Miami Lighthouse was recognized at the 2015 Florida Blue Foundation Sapphire Awards luncheon as an organization that has demonstrated excellence and innovation in community health.


Miami Lighthouse ranks among the elite 2% of U.S. nonprofits having earned eight consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator, the nation’s premier independent nonprofit evaluator. Receiving such a distinction reflects our sound fiscal management, responsible use of donor dollars, and financial strength.


Miami Lighthouse has earned the Silver participation level through the GuideStar Exchange which is a testament to Miami Lighthouse’s commitment to data transparency.












Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious 2015 Beacon Award in Education at the 13th Annual Beacon Council Awards.


Miami Lighthouse was the recipient of the 2013 Switchboard Miami All Star Most Valuable Non-Profit Award.


2013 and 2014
Miami Lighthouse is a two-time Charity Partner of the Marlins Foundation and has received over $50,000 in charitable donations from the team to underwrite the cost of providing vision screenings, comprehensive eye exams and prescription glasses to underserved inner-city schoolchildren who receive eye care through our Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program.








Miami Lighthouse received United Homecare’s 2012 Thelma Gibson Community Service Award at the 18th Annual Claude Pepper Memorial Awards Ceremony.


Miami Lighthouse received a Silver medal at the 2016 Miami Today Gold Medal Awards Ceremony.


Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious South Florida Business Journal 2011 Excellence in Health Care Award in the Community Outreach category.


Miami Lighthouse honored by being named the recipient of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce 2010 Non-Profit Business Diamond Award.


Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious 2008 Concern Award from Health Foundation of South Florida.


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