Low Vision and Blindness Questions

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For more information on our Low Vision and Blindness Services please visit The Department of Ophthalmology.

My mom is 95 years old with  wet macular  degeneration and severe arthritis diagnosis, and  because of both she is unable to see and feel how to change channels utilizing a standard remote.  Is there a voice activated remote that she could use or a remote that would be easier  for her to use? I have looked on-line without success.  Thank you in advance.

We do have a  universal large button remote at our shop. It is located on the 3rd floor of the west pavilion ste. 305 at GBMC. You can call 443-849-2658 for more information. I do not know of a voice activated remote. Hope this helps.


Susan Garber OTR/L,CLVT
Low Vision Occupational Therapist
Certified Low Vision Therapist


With my glasses I see about 20/50 to 20/60. I've been having a hard time getting a job because of my vision. Most places I go seem to think that because of my vision I can't perform what they need. I hold books close to my face. It's confusing. Am I considered low vision? What am I considered? Is there anything you can do for me?


Thanks for allowing us to answer your question. What we suggest you do is make an appointment for our low vision clinic so we can do an evaluation and answer some of your questions. What we would want to know is: What is the cause of your vision loss? Is anything else affected besides your visual acuity? Dr. Sunness is a low vision retina specialist and will do a thorough examination both of your retina and a low vision evaluation. It sounds like you may then need occupational therapy which can help you to get back to independence in those areas you are struggling with within your daily life.

You can contact us at 443-849-2658 between the hours of 8:30-4:30 and we will be happy to make an appointment for you to come in.



Susan Garber OTR/L,CLVT
Low Vision Occupational Therapist
Certified Low Vision Therapist
Hoover Rehabilitation Services 
for Low Vision and Blindness
Phone: 443-849-2658
Fax: 443-849-2631


Do I have to see the doctor to get a magnifier?

Yes. If you require a magnifier higher than a 3X we will need you to come in first to see the doctor and then the occupational therapist. We do this because we want to be sure that you are getting the appropriate aid and the best training and education on how to use the aid(s). Our philosophy is we would like to take a more holistic approach rather than just give you a device that may not work.


If the doctor says I need new glasses, can I get them at Hoover?

No. We do not make glasses on our premises. We recommend that you take the prescription to your regular optical store. We can make recommendations upon request.


Do I really need to plan on 3 hours for the first visit?

Yes. We provide a comprehensive exam. First with Dr. Sunness and then, if warranted, with Susan Garber. We want to be sure that you receive all the services needed to feel empowered on your first visit.

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