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Low Vision Vision Therapy

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Referrals

Collaborative care has become essential as the breadth of knowledge in each profession as expanded. We regularly accept referrals from the following professionals:

Occupational Therapists:
Clear eyesight is just one of the 10 visual skills required to succeed visually. People must have a variety of scanning, focusing and visual coordination skills for learning and getting meaning from reading. If these visual skills have not been developed, or are poorly developed, learning can be difficult, stressful, and people typically react in a variety of ways.

Occupational Therapists work with children in the early years and often identify those with vision development problems. Occupational Therapists also refer patients with traumatic brain injury from motor vehicle accidents and Stroke.

Side Vision Awareness Glasses allow patients with Hemianopia to detect objects in their missing field. The objective of vision therapy is to rewire the eye/brain connection to develop proper visual, perceptual, and ocular-motor abilities, allowing a person to perform to their full potential in school and everyday life. Click here to refer

Optometrists:
The profession of Optometry has expanded so vastly that it is impossible to specialize in every aspect of Optometric Care. We see a future where ALL Optometry practices have an area of special interest we refer to each other for these services to better serve our patients. Aside from primary care, we have chosen to focus on Vision Therapy and Low Vision. Click here to refer

Ophthalmologists:
The profession of Ophthalmology has become in such high demand that we see that Ophthalmologists should be reserved for the most complex cases in medical eye care. We regularly receive referrals for co-managing early-stage disease in these areas: Macular Degeneration, Dry Eye, Glaucoma, Diabetic Retinopathy. We also co-manage refractive surgery patients (Refractive Cataract Surgery, LASIK / PRK). Click here to refer

Low Vision:
We receive referrals to our Low Vision Clinic for those patients who are no longer able to see well enough with traditional eyewear to do the activities they would like to do. Click here to refer

Primary Care Physicians:
Primary Care Physicians are the gateway to our Medical System. We regularly receive referrals for Comprehensive exams, Diabetic Retinopathy Screenings, Driver Examinations, Flashes / Floaters, Foreign Body Removal, Glaucoma Screening, and Red eyes. Click here to refer

Physiotherapists:
Physiotherapists refer patients of all ages who have had a traumatic brain injury. Side Vision Awareness Glasses allow patients with Hemianopia to detect objects in their missing field. Click here to refer

Teachers:
A large part of learning is done visually. Reading, spelling, writing, chalkboard work, and computer work are among the daily tasks students tackle all day long. Each activity involves the visual abilities to see quickly and understanding visual information which is frequently less than arm’s length from the eyes.

Most school screenings test the sharpness of distance eyesight, allowing many vision problems that affect learning to go undetected. But teachers who are aware of and understand the signs and symptoms can identify learning-related visual problems in anyone. The objective of vision therapy is to rewire the eye/brain connection to develop proper visual, perceptual, and ocular-motor abilities, allowing a person to perform to their full potential in school. Click here to refer

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We are currently offering in-office care by appointment only.

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COVID-19 UPDATE

The following is a summary of the steps we have taken to protect your safety.

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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We are open by appointment only. Our current hours are Monday to Friday, 8am – 4pm. Please call our office to schedule an appointment. Read about our safety protocols here.