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LOW VISION CLINIC

WHAT WE DO: We pick up where your eye doctor leaves off. If your doctor tells you that you have low vision and there's nothing more he or she can do, we can help.

The Low Vision Clinic has the most complete inventory of optical devices in California. From simple hand-held magnifiers to the latest electronic aids. They're all available for you to try in our clinic.

GETTING STARTED: Call us! We will schedule a Low Vision Evaluation with our expert doctors. Our thorough evaluations take approximately 1½ to 2 hours.

LOW VISION EVALUATION: When you arrive, you will receive a comprehensive evaluation with one of our Low Vision Specialists. After you and the Doctor determine what works best for you, the option of taking the low vision devices home on loan for evaluation is available.

THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY: The Low Vision Clinic provides a wide range of the high-tech equipment. Our latest products include portable electronic magnifiers, head-mounted magnifying devices and Closed Circuit Television magnification (Reading machines).

MAGNIFIERS: The Low Vision Clinic has a large inventory of magnifiers with different strengths, sizes and uses. Because magnifiers vary widely in power, size, cost and use, please make an appointment to determine which magnifier will help you use your vision most effectively.

OUR STAFF: Our Doctors of Optometry have advanced training in low vision. An exceptional staff further enhances their work, and helps coordinate their efforts to provide a complete, individualized solution to help you use your vision to the best advantage. Our staff works closely with you, your eye doctor, and family to ensure that you have both the skills and devices needed to maximize your visual potential.

OUTREACH & RESOURCES: Doctors and staff are available to speak to your group or organization. We are also committed to providing any information or resources needed for your success. Please call (916) 452-8271 or e-mail frontdesk@societyfortheblind.org for any inquiries regarding a speaker or resources.

FEES: The Low Vision Clinic at Society for the Blind serves the Department of Rehabilitation and Medicare, as well as many private insurance companies. For fee inquiries call (916) 452-8271 ext. 505.

HOURS & LOCATION: The clinic is located at 1238 S Street.  Office hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Clinic services are available by appointment only. Please call (916) 452-8271 ext. 505 to schedule an appointment.

 

Doctors of Optometry:

Stephen J. Ingman, O.D., Low Vision Clinic Director
Dr. Ingman has been on staff at Society for the Blind since 1978, and became the Director of the clinic in 1992. Dr. Ingman graduated from the School of Optometry at the University of California, Berkeley in 1975. He practices optometry privately in Auburn, CA.

Marvin S. Nakamoto, O.D.
Dr. Nakamoto began his tenure at the Society for the Blind in 1981 as a volunteer while completing his education at the University of California, Berkeley. He joined the staff of the Society for the Blind in 1987. Dr. Nakamoto graduated from the School of Optometry at the University of California, Berkeley in 1986. Dr. Nakamoto practices optometry privately in Sacramento.

Richard H. Van Buskirk, O.D., F.A.A.O., Low Vision Diplomate from the American Academy of Optometry
While completing his last year of Optometry school, Dr. Van Buskirk was an Intern at the Society for the Blind, Low Vision Clinic. Upon graduating from the School of Optometry at the University of California, Berkeley in 1998, he then did a year of residency specializing in low vision. He joined the staff of the Society for the Blind in 1999. Dr. Van Buskirk is a partner at an optometry office in Jackson, CA.

Dr. Nancy Nguyen, O.D.
Dr. Nguyen began her tenure as an Intern at Society for the Blind, Low Vision Clinic in 2009 while completing her education at the University of California, Berkeley. She graduated from the School of Optometry at the University of California, Berkeley in 2010. Dr. Nguyen joined the staff of Society for the Blind in 2011. Dr. Nguyen also works in private practice and is a Clinic Outreach Optometrist with University of California, Berkeley - Digital Health-EyePacs.