Low vision occurs when vision cannot be corrected with glasses or contact lenses. It is often the result of eye disease (i.e., macular degeneration), or systemic disease (diabetes), or genetic conditions (albinism). 

About Us

The Low Vision Clinic assists those with low vision to make better use of their remaining vision through optical and electronic devices, and other adaptive techniques.

Our Services

How is a low vision evaluation different from a comprehensive eye exam? 

Our low vision evaluation is divided into three parts. 

The first part is spending time with you, learning about how changes in your vision have impacted your daily activities. Many of our patients describe difficulty with reading, walking in unfamiliar areas, cooking, and cleaning. 

In the second part of the evaluation, we will take measurements of your vision, which are different from the tests done during a primary care eye exam. 

The last part of the exam involves the evaluation of devices and tools intended to make life easier for you. A low vision evaluation is often a starting point for many low vision services and resources available to our patients. 

Low vision evaluation includes: 

Low Vision Facts

Low vision device evaluation includes strong reading spectacles, optical and video magnifiers, and telescopes. We offer rehabilitation counseling and provide services through many community agencies that assist those with low vision. 

National Institutes of Health project that the estimated number of people with low vision will triple by 2050

Contact Us

Low Vision Clinic 
UC Berkeley School of Optometry 
200 Minor Hall 
Berkeley, CA 94720 

(510) 642-5726 
eyecare.berkeley.edu 

LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired 
1155 Market Street, 10th Floor 
San Francisco, CA 94103 

(510) 642-5726 
Lighthouse for the Blind

Clinic Chief

Marlena Chu, OD, FAAO
Associate Clinical Professor