The Low Vision centre of learning

In 2018 Hazel, Belinda, and Karen met to discuss the possibility of forming the Low Vision Centre of Learning (LVCOL). Being from different professional disciplines, each realised that together they could have a unique approach to creating awareness and providing education for all in the field of Low Vision.

Our reach has been interdisciplinary and has included all professionals who work with Visually Impaired People (VIPs). In addition, we have included VIPs from all walks of life and from all areas in South Africa – and beyond.

The outreach grew quickly, and the COVID Pandemic meant that much of our work is now offered through Virtual Media Portals. This step has allowed us to include noted international professionals as speakers on our webinars, and simultaneously attracted a wider international VIP audience.

Our next step is to offer further online education, where relevant, succinct webinars will be available for viewing on a variety of subjects.

Meet The Low Vision centre team

Belinda Leibowitz

Occupational Therapist

Special Interest in Low Vision
“There is life after visual impairment”

Dip Optom FOA(SA) FAAO

Karen Denton


BA (Psych), RN, RM, DOTT, DPN, DNAd, DNEd

Belinda Leibowitz

I qualified at the Vona Du Toit College of Occupational Therapy with a Nat Dip OT in 1978 For the past 35years I worked with the visually impaired. I started my journey with the visually impaired at Civilian Blind. I then worked as supervisor at the Dept of Optometry at University of Johannesburg for 23 years and have been working privately for the past 9 years. I am passionate about sharing knowledge in creating awareness that “there is life after visual impairment

Hazel Sacharowitz

Hazel is an optometrist with a keen interest in the field of low vision. She is currently in private practice at the Low Vision Care Centre, Heathway Square, Blackheath, Randburg. Prior to this she lectured at the Optometry Department at the Technikon Witwatersrand and University of Johannesburg for more than 30 years. Hazel has presented at both national and international conferences, as well as local support groups and workshop sessions on various aspects relating to low vision care. She is a member of the South African Optometric Association and a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.

Karen Denton

Always a keen student and teacher, having a toddler diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes set Karen on a pathway that shaped her life. Having completed studies in General Nursing, Midwifery, Operating Theatre, Nursing Administration, Nursing Education, Psychiatric Nursing, and a Degree in Psychology, Karen was uniquely poised to utilize her varied skills for a thirty plus year career in Diabetes Education. During this time, lecturing internationally, Chairing Diabetes South Africa, Pan-Africa Diabetes Educators (5 years) and The South African Diabetes Educators (8 years) proved stimulating and a valuable basis for a move to the Middle East for a further 8 years where she continued her studies. On returning to South Africa, she has been delighted to re-integrate into the medical field with Retina SA where she functions as the Lead in Education and Advocacy.