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The Center provides low vision clinics several times each year for those referred by their eye doctors. Also, assistance with daily living activities such as organizing and labeling food items and documents is available. Other support is also provided for residents in MatSu communities.
 
For a low vision assessment, call 907-248-7770 to schedule an appointment, complete a referral form or contact Jacque Olsen, MatSu Program Associate, at 907-631-4077.
 
Ask your eye doctor to send us your eye report from a visit within the last year (this may be emailed as an attachment to info@AlaskaBVI.org or faxed to (907) 248-7517). You will be called before your appointment to answer any questions you may have, and at that time you may also arrange for a home visit prior to the Clinic to talk about what you want to be able to do and be shown several items which might be of use to you, such as signature guides and liquid level indicators. 
 
  •     If you have Medicare or Medicaid, please bring your card with you to your appointment. 
  •     If you currently use magnifiers and/or any other types of devices to help you, please bring those with you also. 
  •     Family members and/or or care providers are welcome to take part in the process which may take up to 2 hours: 
  •     The Center's Optometrist will review your eye doctor's report with you and ask about any recent changes. 
  •     Next the Center's Low Vision Specialist will talk with you about what you want to be able to do, answer any questions you may have about your eye condition, and give you an opportunity to try out different magnifiers and other devices that may be helpful to you in achieving your visual goals.     
  •     You may also be shown several non-optical items such as large print timers, talking watches, and magnifying mirrors available to make daily living tasks easier.   

A report will be written and sent to you as well as your primary eye doctor - with your permission - summarizing the recommendations made, including referrals to other sources of support as well as the devices found to be useful to you.  A follow up visit to your home may also be recommended to mark appliances and ensure general safety.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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