Low Vision Centers

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

To schedule an appointment at a MABVI low vision center call (toll free) 888-613-2777 or send an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Affiliated Doctors/Clinics:

Belmont: Dr. Amanda Belleville, OD 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.

Metro Boston, Southeast and South Coast: Dr. Rodney Immerman has been exclusively practicing low vision since 1982. He sees patients for low vision evaluations in 10 offices throughout eastern, southeastern and South Coast Massachusetts. Locations include Woburn, Wakefield, Winchester, Quincy, Norwood, Brockton, Pembroke, Taunton, North Dartmouth and Fall River. He can be reached directly at 508-991-8200 to arrange an appointment or by email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For more information, visit www.MetroBostonLowvision.com

Middleboro: Dr. Alexis Malkin, OD 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.

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.

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
(978) 685-5366

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

For more information, please call the phone numbers listed above or visit the New England Eye website at www.newenglandeye.com.


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