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By Evan Engel

Updated March 7, 2018

Dr Shaun Golemba Helps the Visually Impaired Regain Their Independence

High Technology For Low Vision Patients Allows Many To Read, Watch TV & See Faces

The devasting loss of independence is often the most cited negative outcome of Low Vision. which comes about due to vision diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and other vision conditions.

Vancouver Island optometrist, Dr. Shaun Golemba, is using the latest technology to help his patients regain everyday independence and vision function, allowing them to do the things they love.

Using miniaturized telescopes that are mounted in glasses to help people who Bioptichave lost vision from macular degeneration and other eye conditions.

“Some of my patients consider me the last stop for people who have vision loss,” said Dr. Golemba, one of only a few doctors in the world who specialize in fitting bioptic telescopes to help those who have lost vision due to macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and other debilitating eye diseases. Imagine a pair of glasses that can improve your vision enough to change your life. If you’re a low vision patient, you’ve probably not only imagine them, but have been searching for them.”

Bioptic telescopes may be the breakthrough in optical technology that will give you the independence you’ve been looking for.

Patients with vision in the 20/200 range can many times be improved to 20/50 or better.

Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness and vision loss in people over 50. Despite this, most adults are not familiar with the condition. Macular degeneration accounts for 90% of new legal blindness in Canada. As many as 25% of those over the age of 50 have some degree of macular degeneration.

While there is currently no cure, promising research is being done on many fronts. “My job is to figure out everything and anything possible to keep a person functioning, losing eyesight is a tremendous emotional burden, patients need to know that there are options,” says Dr. Golemba.

The macula is only one small part of the retina; however, it is the most sensitive and gives us sharp central vision. When it degenerates, macular degeneration leaves a blind spot right in the center of vision, making it difficult or impossible to recognize faces, read a book, or pass the driver’s vision test.

When Hendrik, of Port Alberni, BC came to see Dr. Golemba he wanted to recognize faces and read his bible. Dr. Golemba prescribed bioptic telescopes for getting around and recognizing faces. He prescribed microscopes for reading the bible.

To learn more about bioptic telescopes or to schedule a FREE phone consultation with Dr. Golemba, give us a call at (844) 311-7672. You can also learn more about low vision and bioptic telescopes on our website.IALVS (2)

Dr. Golemba is a member of the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists and provides groundbreaking low vision care at his office located on Vancouver Island BC.

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Physical Distancing Measures:

o Reducing density of people: We have adopted a schedule which will reduce the amount of patients in our facility at one time.

o We will have some of our team working from home operating a call centre and tele-medicine pre-screening.

o Spacing stickers have been placed on our floor.

Engineering controls:

o Forms have been digitized and will be emailed to patients in advance of the appointment to minimize contact.

o A “For Payment" button has been installed on our website, valleyvisionoptometry.ca for patients to be able to pay from home to minimize contact.

o Plexiglass barriers have been installed at all 3 Front Desk stations

o Our doors will remain locked during Phase 2, opening the door to let in scheduled patients only.

o A dropbox has been installed for patients to drop off glasses in need of repair.

o Contact lens sales are administered through our webstore.

Administrative controls:

o Cleaning protocols have been written. Staff training on these protocols has been scheduled.

o Clear rules are posted on our front door and throughout all of the stations in our office.

Personal protective equipment:

o Patients will be required to wear a mask upon entry to the office and throughout their time with us. Those who do not have a mask will be supplied a surgical mask upon entry.

Policies around sickness:

o Employees and patients with cold or flu symptoms will be required to stay home.

Frequent hand washing:

o Patients, Doctors, and our Team will be required to wash hands upon entry and exit in to the exam rooms.

o Eyewear Consultants will wear gloves when handling eyewear and performing adjustments.

We currently are operating a reduced schedule, so are triaging patients to ensure those with the highest needs are prioritized.

Sincerely,

Dr. Shaun Golemba

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