Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Inc.

To provide vision rehabilitation, eye health services and education that promote independence,
to collaborate with and train professionals, and to conduct research in related fields.

It's Possible to See Without Sight™

601 Southwest Eighth Avenue, FL 33130 · Ph: 305.856.2288 · Fx: 305-285.6967 · info@miamilighthouse.org 

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Low Vision Center

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.

To learn about magnifiers, screen-reading devices, talking watches and other assistive devices available through our Vision Solutions Center click here.

In 2015 low vision exams were provided to 528 patients, of which 143 patients received vision rehabilitation services from our occupational therapist. Low Vision Occupational Therapy units of service totaled 216. Our Vision Solutions Center provided services to 1,484 clients which included identifying adaptive aids to improve functional vision. Through community presentations an additional 1,746 individuals primarily affected by age-related eye disease participated in outreach seminars “Living with Low Vision.”

 

 
 
   
   
   

 

 

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 1% of U.S. nonprofits having earned nine 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.

 

Miami Lighthouse is a two-time Charity Partner (2013 and 2014) of the Marlins Foundation and a 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game Legacy Partner. Our Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program has received over $300,000 in charitable donations through these partnerships.

 

Miami Lighthouse named "Best of Miami" Charity 2017 by the New Times.

   
                     

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.