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The Low Vision Center at St. Mary Medical Center is located on the second floor of the Parr Health Enhancement Center, 1055 Linden Avenue, the building directly across from the main hospital. The Center can be reached at (562) 491-9275.

The Low Vision Center provides FREE services to the Southern California community and helps persons with limited vision enhance their vision to its fullest potential. The Center also helps individuals with low vision to achieve the greatest degree of independence possible regardless of their visual loss.

Who is Eligible for Services?

Any individual who receives a written referral from a licensed eye care practitioner may make an appointment to be seen by an Low Vision Center Optical Aids Counselor.  A referral is not necessary to participate in Braille instruction, Activities of Daily Living Courses, or for use of the electric magnifying systems.

Optical Aids

After obtaining an written referral from a licensed eye care practitioner, the patient may schedule an appointment at the Low Vision Center.  During the initial visit an Optical Aids Counselor will assist in selecting visual aids best suited to the individual's needs.  Emphasis is placed on helping individuals identify devices that will assist them with everyday tasks that have become difficult.  Reading, writing, watching television, sewing, and handiwork are examples of activities that may be improved with the use of optical aids and adaptive techniques.  All optical and non-optical aids issued are non-prescriptive.  Follow-up visits are arranged as needed. 

Braille Instruction

Persons expressing an interest in developing Braille skills are welcome to make an appointment with the Braille teacher to begin instruction.

Orientation and Mobility

Clients in need of distance aids receive initial instruction from an Orientations and Mobility Specialist.  Introduction to cane travel is provided to legally blind clients upon request.  Persons in need of further instruction are referred to appropriate resources and agencies.

Activities of Daily Living

An Independent Living Skills course is offered on a regular basis to low vision individuals, their family and friends.  Pre-registration is required.

Reading Devices

Electronic magnifying systems (such as closed circuit televisions), are available to enlarge printed material up to 60 times its original size.  Use of these devices is by appointment only.


Members of the Low Vision Center staff are available to speak on a variety of topics related to low vision.  Groups and organizations should contact the Low Vision Center for further information.

Please contact us by email or call (562) 491-9275  for more information.

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St. Mary Medical Center Long Beach
1050 Linden Ave
Long Beach, CA 90813
(562) 491-9000