At our Low Vision Clinic, we help bring a brighter outlook to individuals who are losing their sight.

Each initial evaluation and all subsequent appointments with Dr. Jon Russell, our Low Vision Optometrist, are tailored to fit the patient's unique needs. Dr. Russell works with adults, children, infants, and difficult-to-test patients, such as individuals with autistism or multiple disabilities. 

Because Low Vision Optometry is uncommon, the Center has established relationships with other clinics throughout Northern Illinois.  Dr. Russell sees patients in Crystal Lake, Dixon, Freeport, and Sycamore, and through the Department of Vision Rehabilitation in Wisconsin.  Additionally, he travels to area nursing homes to examine residents and prescribe glasses and low vision devices.  In-home visits can also be arranged through a request from Visiting Nurses or your MD.

Dr. Russell has been an optometrist for over 25 years, and has been with the Center since 1994.  He graduated from Northeast Missouri State University and the Illinois College of Optometry. 

Low vision services include:

  • Reviewing previous ocular surgical and medical records
  • Calculating the amount of magnification needed to read and write
  • Measuring the refractive power to see faces, TV, and signs
  • Evaluating the best magnifiers for home, restaurants, and paperwork
  • Identifying the most comfortable and effective light for reading
  • Comparing optical and digital magnification for best function
  • Connecting to other professional rehab providers for special needs such as mobility, grief support, and occupational training
  • Prescribing strong reading glasses to see better up close
  • Providing education and answers about eye health and vision function

We recommend bringing a friend or family member to your Low Vision consultation for support.  Once a personalized vision plan has been established, low vision rehabilitation can begin.  The main goal of low vision rehabilitation is to improve the everyday activities of a person who has had some loss of functional vision.  Functional vision is a person's ability to integrate the components of vision to effectively accomplish a life task, such as reading, writing, self-care, cooking, and getting around.

The Low Vision Clinic is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  

To schedule an appointment at any location with Dr. Russell, please call 815-332-6800 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Rockford:  Center for Sight & Hearing, 8038 MacIntosh Lane, Rockford, IL 61107 | Directions
  • Crystal Lake:  Retina Institute of Illinois, 820 East Terra Cotta, Suite 247, Crystal Lake, Il 60014 | Directions
  • Dixon:  KSB Medical Group, 511 Palmyra Street, Dixon, IL 61021 | Directions
  • Freeport:  Monroe Clinic Eye Care, 1110 S. Park Boulevard, Freeport, IL 61032 | Directions
  • Sycamore:  Hauser-Ross Eye Institute, 1630 Gateway Drive, Sycamore, IL 60178 Directions


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If you or someone you know is losing their eyesight, we can help make their transition easier.  

Our Vision Rehabilitation Therapy is CARF Accredited and provides personalized in-home and onsite classes that teach strategies for daily living.  In addition, we offer low-vision support groups, New Vision Classes, as well as social and recreational activities for individuals with vision loss.  If you qualify, these services may be free of charge.

For more information or to schedule a no-obligation consultation, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 815-332-6821.

Who is eligible for vision rehabilitation services?

Adults who are eligible can receive training for low vision devices, strategies for daily living skills, low vision support group information, New Vision classes and calendar of events for social activities. Our Vision Rehabilitation services are available in ten counties in northern Illinois. In order to be eligible for the vision rehabilitation services, individuals must meet three criteria:

  1. Resident of northern Illinois within the ten county district
  2. Adult over the age of 55
  3. Have a documented vision loss