What to expect

Following a referral from your doctor, a low vision optometrist will evaluate you at the Low Vision Center at Phillips Eye Institute - a campus of Abbott Northwestern Hospital. The optometrist will determine which devices you will need and what services and skills will help you make the most of your remaining vision.


Patients unable to provide their own transportation to Phillips Eye Institute may be able to take advantage of the Phillips Eye Institute transportation service, which provides van transportation for patients who live within 20 miles.


You will have the opportunity to purchase low vision devices at the Minnesota Low Vision Store. It has the latest technology in magnifiers, telescopes and video magnifiers, as well as products like talking watches, cooking gadgets and other environmental aids. Device costs vary, but some relatively inexpensive devices can make a big difference. Many people find them to be extremely helpful, and they make great gifts from family members and friends.

Follow-up services

If needed, the Low Vision Center may refer you to the other programs serving people with low vision, including Vision Loss Resources and/or State Services for the Blind.


Medicare and private insurance usually cover the evaluation and follow-up visits, if necessary, at the Low Vision Center. Please bring your insurance information with you to your appointment.

Make an appointment

Appointments are no longer available at our Buffalo location.

Low Vision Center 

8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Minnesota Low Vision Store 

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.