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LightHouse Eye Clinic Returns

LightHouse Eye Clinic Returns

We’re pleased to announce the reopening of the LightHouse Eye Clinic at our 1155 Market Street San Francisco headquarters. LightHouse, in partnership with the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry will offer general eye exams and low vision exams. The clinical staff include Dr. Crystal Wen, a graduate from the UC Berkeley School of Optometry, along with residency-trained doctors and senior optometry interns.

General eye exams are offered on Wednesdays. Low vision exams are offered on Fridays.

General Eye Exams

General eye exams are available Wednesdays beginning May 26. The clinic is open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. To schedule an appointment, call 510-642-5726.

Low Vision Exams

If you are a person who has low vision, you can schedule a low vision exam beginning Friday, May 28. The clinic is open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. To schedule, call 510-642-5726. For questions about low vision exams, email the LightHouse’s Rehabilitation Counselor, Debbie Bacon at DBacon@LightHouse-sf.org.

The low vision exam includes an hour-and-a-half long low vision evaluation by a board-certified low vision optometrist and a follow-up visit with a LightHouse Rehabilitation Training Specialist. If you are unsure whether you are a candidate for a low vision exam, speak with your primary eye care professional or give us a call. Our staff will be happy to guide you through the process.

We will be following all COVID-19 safety guidelines for the City of San Francisco. We look forward to welcoming you to the LightHouse Eye Clinic.

Low Vision & Optometry Clinics

Low Vision Clinic

The LightHouse, in partnership with the UC Berkeley School of Optometry, offers low vision examinations every week at our San Francisco office. This service includes an hour-and-a-half-long low vision evaluation by a board-certified low vision optometrist and a follow-up visit with a LightHouse Rehabilitation Training Specialist.

If you are unsure whether you are a candidate for a low vision exam, speak with your primary eye care professional or give us a call. Our staff will be happy to guide you through the process.

For more information or to schedule an exam, contact the
UC Berkeley Optometry School at 510-642-5726.

General Health Eye Appointments

The LightHouse Eye Center is a satellite clinic of the U.C. Berkeley School of Optometry located on the 10th Floor of the LightHouse Building in downtown San Francisco. The clinical staff includes a U.C. Berkeley School of Optometry graduate and residency trained doctors of optometry and senior optometry interns.

The clinic is located in our state-of-the-art building just adjacent to the Civic Center BART stop. With the same quality service and expertise found at UC Berkeley, the LightHouse Eye Center operates right in the heart of San Francisco, providing primary eye care such as glasses and contact lens prescriptions with thorough ocular health examinations as well as low vision services for the visually impaired. The eye clinic now serves both people with low vision and fully-sighted family members and friends, and anyone else interested in a regular optometric checkup.

With vision insurance, primary care eye exams typically cost between $10 and $20 copayment (Accepted providers include Blue Shield of California, Vision Service Plan, Eyemed, March Vision, Medi-Cal, Medicare). We do not have an optical center on site, but can order contact lenses and at the completion of your exam you will receive a copy of your prescription, which can be filled at your local optical retailer.

Call (510) 642-2020 o schedule an eye exam. Starting Wednesday, May 26, the Optometry clinic will be available on Wednesday for routine exams and Fridays for Low vision exams at LightHouse Headquarters, 1155 Market Street, San Francisco, 94103

About Dr. Crystal (Wang) Wen

Dr. Crystal Wen is originally from the Bay Area. She received both her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and her optometry degree from the UC Berkeley School of Optometry. Dr. Wen completed the Low Vision Rehabilitation residency at the University of Houston College of Optometry where she received extensive training in low vision care. Dr. Wen has received the Robert B. Greer Excellence in Low Vision Award, the Curtis W. Keswick Alumni VA Residency Low Vision Award, and the Bill Mattingly Memorial Scholarship Award for her passion and excellence in low vision care. She believes in providing compassionate care to low vision patients and those of all optometric needs. In her free time, Dr. Wen enjoys spending time with her husband and family, exploring new hikes, and eating delicious desserts. 


Getting Started

If you think you may benefit from services, training or community activities and want to know how to get signed up, call us at (415) 431-1481, or email info@lighthouse-sf.org.

Some of the programs we offer include: training on cutting-edge accessible technology, how to move gracefully and effectively with a cane, social and recreational activities, accessible map and graphic design, braille instruction, as well as science, math, music and many other camps for blind youth and adults in the rolling hills of Napa. Please read through the program descriptions below and pick the one that’s right for you.

Blind & Low Vision Training Classes

Click here to read more about orientation and mobility training, braille, cooking and other independent living skills, and the other types of training we provide. Instruction periods include one-on-one, group, ongoing, and immersive options.

Access Technology

People of all ages and levels of experience can receive training in accessible technology. We also provide consulting services to individuals and companies looking for an accessibility evaluation for their product and can organize blind and visually impaired user testers to provide feedback on a product or service.

Employment Immersion Program

The Employment Immersion Program is a multi-week course empowering those who are blind or have low vision to assess their skills and interests and find success and satisfaction in the job market.

Enchanted Hills Camp

Founded in 1950 by Rose Resnick, Enchanted Hills now holds not only our annual summer camp sessions, but also hosts classes, workshops, retreats and seminars in a beautiful setting high atop Napa’s Mount Veeder.

Deafblind Program

The Deafblind Program provides training, resources and support to persons who are both vision and hearing impaired. The goal of the program is to ensure that deaf-blind individuals have access to information and the skills needed to live independent and productive lives. As part of this goal, the LightHouse operates the FCC program to ensure deaf-blind individuals receive free equipment and training to suit their needs.

LightHouse Little Learners

Launch in 2021, the LightHouse Little Learners program is here to help families with children aged birth to three who are blind, Deafblind have low vision, or a neurological visual impairment.

Youth Programs

The LightHouse offers a diverse array of outings, social events, and personal/professional development opportunities for young adult and high school-aged youth.

Community Services

On a weekly basis we provide outings, classes, recreational activities and events for blind people of all ages to learn, connect and thrive.

Counseling and Psychological Services

The LightHouse offers counseling for those affected by blindness or low vision by an experienced team of licensed professionals.

Low Vision Clinic

Part of finding successful solutions is assessing your visual levels and needs. The LightHouse, in partnership with the UC Berkeley School of Optometry, offers low vision examinations each week.

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If you’d like to donate (time or financial support) to the LightHouse, please refer to the various options in the Donate section of our website (or click here to make a donation).

If you’d like to inquire about press, partnerships, or other media opportunities, please email press@lighthouse-sf.org.

If you’d like to shop at Adaptations, the Bay Area’s only hands-on brick and mortar store dedicated to technology for blind and low vision individuals — visit us during normal business hours, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Mondays through Fridays, at 1155 Market St., 10th floor., San Francisco, or call 1-888-400-8933. You can schedule a one-on-one appointment at Adaptations on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Drop-in visitors on any day may be asked to wait. 

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Notice to the Public

LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired operates its programs and services without regard to race, color, and national origin in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. Any person who believes she/he/they have been discriminated against on the basis of race, color, or national origin by LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired may file a Title VI complaint.

Title VI Procedures and Complaint Form

Título VI Información en Español

Título VI –  Adviso (PDF)
Título VI – Procedimiento (PDF)
Título VI – Formulario de Queja (PDF)

For all other questions, call (415) 694-7323 or email info@lighthouse-sf.org to find out what the LightHouse can do for you.