The Liz Moore Low Vision Center at St. Vincent's East is one of only two low vision centers in Alabama. The Center was established in 1989 and is committed to providing services that assist individuals living with low vision to maintain independence and lead productive lives through education, assistive devices/technology, and support groups.
Low vision is usually caused by eye diseases or health conditions. Some of these include age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataract, diabetes, and glaucoma. Eye injuries and birth defects are some other causes. Whatever the cause, lost vision cannot be restored. Eyeglasses, contact lenses, medicine, or surgery may not help and activities like reading, shopping, cooking, writing, and watching TV, which may be hard to do. However, with proper treatment and vision therapy, individuals with low vision can continue to participate and enjoy everyday activities.
Our Center offers many services for individuals living with low vision. Qualifying patients receive three to four sessions with a low vision certified occupational therapist designed to assist participants in using their functional vision to the utmost capacity.
After receiving a doctor’s order, our occupational therapist may provide you with the following services:
- Self –care/ medication management
- Environmental safety
- Reading and writing
- Recommendations for adaptive equipment and assistive technology, including CCTVs, large print games, reading lamps, and magnifiers.
- Training for efficient use of remaining vision such as PRL training, scanning, and safety techniques
- Access to a monthly support group
- Adaptive devices such as talking watches/clocks, solar sun glasses, magnifiers, and games that can be purchased at or through the Low Vision Center.
To utilize the Liz Moore Low Vision Center, you must meet the following criteria:
- Have a physician order from any physician OR
- Have an evaluation from an ophthalmologist or optometrist
- 20/70 vision or less in the better eye.
To make a physician referral, call (205) 838-3731, or fax a referral to (205) 838-3501.
If you need help finding a physician to make the referral, contact St. Vincent's Dial-A-Nurse at