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Where Can I Find a Low Vision Doctor

Where Can I Find a Low Vision Doctor?

If you’ve experienced loss of vision, whether mild or severe, it’s probably interfering with your life every day. At Low Vision Center At Valley Vision Optometry, we can help.

How Does Low Vision Get in the Way of Your Life?

Reading your favorite books becomes a struggle. 

You squint while watching TV.

When friends or family come to visit, you find it hard to clearly see their faces.

Driving is hard because the street signs, exit ramps, and other cars seem blurry.

Does any of this sound familiar?

If you’ve experienced any of these situations, then you know how difficult it has become to do the daily tasks you used to enjoy. Whether your vision loss is a result of injury, genetic condition, or eye disease, getting the right kind of eye care is essential.

 Dr. Shaun Golemba can help. At the Low Vision Center At Valley Vision Optometry, we treat low vision patients from all over the Vancouver Island, Lower Mainland, Okanagan, and Kootenay’s areas.

How Do I Find a Low Vision Doctor?

The International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS) has a network of low vision eye doctors who are located all over the US and Canada. There is an optometrist specifically focused on low vision who treats patients in your area — so you won’t have to go very far to receive top-quality care.

Low Vision eye doctors undergo special training and have access to the latest research and technologies for low vision care. IALVS eye doctors are ready to help you live your best life, even with vision loss. Check out the complete doctor directory online.

I Have an Eye Doctor. Why Do I Need a Low Vision Doctor?

Low vision care is about more than just glasses or contact lenses for better eyesight. It’s about a thorough understanding of your lifestyle and what’s important to you, and optimizing your remaining vision so you can get back to doing what you love.

While your regular eye doctor can give you general vision care and prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses, a low vision doctor looks at the whole picture. Their goal is to slow down the progression of vision loss and provide you with the right devices and vision aids to enhance your remaining vision.

How Quickly Will My Visual Activity Improve?

Managing low vision is about giving you the right tools to maximize your vision for the everyday kinds of activities you enjoy. How quickly your visual activity will improve depends on how much vision loss you've experienced. 

It’s so important to see Dr. Shaun Golemba as soon as possible. If you find that cooking isn’t as easy as it used to be, watching a movie gives you headaches or reading a newspaper causes your eyes to feel tired, it’s time to talk to a low vision eye doctor. The sooner you seek treatment, the quicker we can give you the support you need.

If you or a loved one is experiencing any signs of vision loss — whether mild or severe— immediately schedule an appointment with one of our low vision doctors.

Even if you’ve been told by another doctor that there’s nothing else to do, don’t give up hope. Talk to an IALVS low vision doctor – we can help you remain independent and live your best possible life.

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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, 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.


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As of May 19th, we have re-opened 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.